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2012 Rhys "Skyline Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1227282 95 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2012 Skyline pinot noir from Rhys is utterly spectacular. The magical nose soars from the glass in a blaze of cherries, very complex minerality, pomegranate, mustard seed, a touch of orange zest, beetroot, woodsmoke, gamebirds, a touch of lavender and a very sophisticated framing of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and intensely flavored, with a lovely core of fruit, moderate tannins, nascent complexity and a very, very long, tangy and laser-like finish. This is a brilliant bottle of young pinot noir. Drink between 2020-2050. 95+ Inner quote mark (7/2014)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Flamboyant aromas of candied dark berries, incense and Asian spices, with a zesty mineral quality adding lift and vivacity. Stains the palate with energetic black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and picks up an exotic blood orange nuance with air. Pure, focused and spicy on the finish, firmed by silky, slow-building tannins. The power and flavor depth of this strikingly concentrated but lithe wine belie its low alcohol content. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark An utterly magnificent wine, the 2012 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard is even more compelling from bottle than it was from barrel. Pine, menthol, dried red cherries and rose petals meld effortlessly into a core of a dark, red-toned fruit as this complex, kaleidoscopic wine shows off its pedigree. The Skyline plays across all dimensions, with expressive, high-toned aromatics and deep layers of fruit supported by insistent structure. Hints of leather, smoke, mint and licorice add nuance on the chiseled finish. This is a magnificent showing from Rhys. The 2012 Skyline was vinified with 100% whole clusters. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Made with 100% whole clusters in 2012, the 2012 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard offers lots of raspberry and kirsch-like nuances intermixed with plenty of mulled spices, dried flowers and crushed rock-like minerality. On the palate it's supple, medium to full-bodied and gorgeously textured, with integrated acidity, a solid core of sweet fruit through the mid-palate, and outstanding length on the finish. Already approachable, this elegant, seamless Pinot Noir will still benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-15 years of overall longevity. (JD) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark An intensely floral and expressive nose offers up notes of black cherry, anise and raspberry liqueur-like scents. There is good detail and the same beguiling mouth feel to the mid-palate of the middle weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality onto the moderately firm, dusty and gorgeously balanced finale. This is quite reserved at present and will definitely need time as it is quite backward. That said, this should deliver the goods if you have the patience to wait. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (1/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 100% stems for this wine, and for Home Vineyard and Alpine Vineyard also. Vegy, sumptuous savoury nose. Very dry finish and depth. Sinewy and structured. Kevin Harvey thinks of this as his most exotic site. 17.5/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

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