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2013 Rhys "Skyline Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1267460 96 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2013 Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir is as expressive and exotic on the nose as I can remember for a young wine from this great terroir, and I suspect that the 2013 is going to be a reference point vintage for this wine that we are going to look back on with reverence a decade or two down the road. The stunning nose wafts from the glass in an magically complex blend of black plums, pomegranate, a touch of smoked duck, gorgeously layered soil tones, a bit of balsam bough, cola, woodsmoke, sweet herbs and a touch of new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and already quite velvety in texture, with laser-like focus, a sappy core, moderate tannins and a very long, very complex and tangy finish. This beautiful wine is only 12.6 percent alcohol, but is so layered and intensely flavored that it could not be improved upon by any means- other than magnums! A great, great young Pinot Noir that is deceivingly approachable today and is going to be hard to resist young, but which will age brilliantly. (Drink between 2019-2050) 96+ Inner quote mark (8/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark One of the most exotic Pinots in the lineup, the 2013 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard has a killer nose of rose garden, wild flowers, strawberries, blueberries and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, silky, elegant, and beautifully light on its feet and nuanced, it has the vibrant streak of acidity and tension that will keep it drinking nicely for 10-15 years. (JD) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard is one of the most sensual, layered wines in the range. Nothing at all sticks out. Instead, it is the wine's sublime balance that truly impresses. Sweet and perfumed throughout, with silky tannins and tons of pure grace, the 2013 should afford readers a long and broad drinking window of pure pleasure. The 100% whole clusters are evident but also beautifully woven into the fabric of the wine. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This displayed enough reduction to push the fruit to the background and it was sufficiently prominent that I decanted it for an hour which turned out to be a good move as eventually the nose opened to reveal beautifully complex and spicy floral, spice and plum aromas. There is excellent verve and gorgeous delineation to the dense yet refined flavors that are supported by impressively fine-grained tannins on the sappy, mouth coating and wonderfully persistent finish. This is quite backwards and even with extended aeration it's clear that this is built-to-age and is going to require it. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (4/2016)


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