2013 Rhys "Alpine Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1241999 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark It was Jeremy Seysses of Burgundy’s Domaine Dujac who alerted me to the amazing things that Kevin Harvey and his team at Rhys are doing, and that seems appropriate as the wines certainly seem to nod to Dujac’s style. The 2013 Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of the most compelling young wines I’ve tasted from Rhys. Its youthful and savoury bouquet of crisp red and black cherry, fresh herbs, cinnamon and rich forest floor is followed on the palate by a wine of impressive vibrancy and depth. Rhys wines are built for the cellar, and the handful of older bottles I’ve encountered suggests that patience really is rewarded. (WK) Inner quote mark (2/2016)

95 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark After being inspired by the range of 2019s from Rhys, I dipped into another half bottle of slightly older pinot in the hope that they might be stirring with some bottle age. But, the 2013 Alpine Vineyard bottling of pinot is still fairly closed down, even with extended aeration, and really demands more cellaring before pulling corks! The youthful nose delivers a beautifully precise bouquet of dark berries, black cherries, violets, bitter chocolate, a lovely base of minerality, sweet stem tones, a touch of cedar and a topnote of black tea. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and very transparent in personality, with a good core, lovely focus and grip, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and nascently complex finish. Inner quote mark (6/2021)

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard has a touch of darker fruit in its strawberry, cassis, dusty soil and earthy bouquet. This flows to a beautifully textured, seamless Pinot Noir that has sound underlying structure, medium plus-bodied richness and a great finish. Possessing both fruit and structure, it should be accessible for all of its life. (JD) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Sweet red cherry, plum, mint, spice and expressive floral notes form a super-appealing backdrop of aromas and flavors in the 2013 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard. Open-knit and super-expressive, the 2013 boasts superb textural balance and finesse. A final burst of red stone fruit and pomegranate hits the finely-knit, delicate finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

92 points Burghound

Outer quote mark Here too there is a pronounced floral character to the slightly riper aromas of various red berries, in particular currant, along with hints of sandalwood and Asian-style tea. The lilting and wonderfully refined medium weight flavors exude a fine bead of minerality on the dusty, vibrant, restrained and equally understated finish. There is a touch of backend austerity and like the Alpine Hillside, this sleekly muscular effort is going to require extended bottle age to realize its full potential. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (4/2016)

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