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2007 Rhys "Home Vineyard" San Mateo County Pinot Noir

SKU #1108257 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Vivid red. A pungent, expansive bouquet of red berry and cherry liqueur, smoky minerals and Indian spices. Deep, chewy red fruit flavors are given structure by cherry skin and black cardamom qualities. Unfolds with air and picks up a suave, spicy character that carries through the mineral-driven finish. This deserves patience, or at least some decanter time. Inner quote mark (6/2009)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A more expressive, indeed even perfumed nose that is also distinctly floral in character features red and black berry aromas that also display a hint of menthol before introducing rich and full-bodied flavors that are similarly quite firmly structured, long and serious. This is the only wine in the range that displays a backend hint of warmth, probably because of the remarkable transparency...The estate wines of Rhys Vineyards are made from biodynamically farmed fruit and owner Kevin Harvey and winemaker Jeff Brinkman continue to drive the wines to new heights...Harvey has chosen his vineyard sites with a keen eye and then obsessively developed them with the one goal of obtaining fruit that expresses unerringly the uniqueness of site. Simply put, these are terroir-driven wines par excellence...As someone who samples hundreds of examples every year, I can tell you that it's extremely rare yet these wines are phenolically ripe and beautifully balanced. I am excited to see what the Rhys '08s become in 10 years as they are unapologetically built to age...I would note that all of these wines benefited substantially from extended airing, which means at least one hour in advance and two would be better - just remember not to let them warm up too much. Inner quote mark (10/2009)

K&L Notes

Producer note: The estate wines of Rhys Vineyards are made from organic and biodynamically farmed fruit. Owner Kevin Harvey and winemaker Jeff Brinkman continue to fashion truly remarkable wines, indeed they are consistently among the best examples that California has to offer. At each of their vineyards sites over 75% of the land is left in a completely natural state. In addition to the native wildlife, they plant herbs, flowers, vegetables and grain crops while free ranging chickens and sheep also help naturally fertilize the vineyards. This is all part of their philosophy that creating a living soil creates better wine. Their winemaking process, from harvest to bottling, is based on a gravity system and the wines are never pumped, fined, or filtered. Readers should be aware that the Rhys wines are clearly fashioned in a built-to-age style and thus are most assuredly not intended to show their best young. Thus, I would suggest that if you're going to buy them, do so with the intent to allow for at least a few years of bottle age.

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