2014 Rhys "Skyline Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1347334 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2014 Skyline Vineyard pinot noir is amazingly aromatic for its youth, with all sorts of exotic spice and herb tones wafting from the glass to augment gorgeous fruit and a profound base of soil. The bouquet is flat out stunning, offering up a complex and exotic nose of black cherries, plums, sarsaparilla, just marvelous soil tones, a potpourri of sweet herb tones and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with a serious chassis of ripe tannin, bright acids and excellent focus and grip on the very long, and very young finish. This is still a young and adolescent wine that needs some extended cellaring, but it is going to be sex appeal personified when it is ready to go. If there has ever been a more exotic Rhys Skyline pinot noir, I would love to taste it! (JG) 94+ Inner quote mark (8/2016)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A huge, tannic wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard is at least several years from delivering true pleasure. Sweet floral notes add aromatic presence, but the 2014 remains a tightly wound ball of energy. White pepper, cherry jam and chalk meld into the deep, searing finish marked by Nebbiolo-like tannin. (AG) 94+ Inner quote mark (7/2016)

93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Coming from a rocky terroir located right off of Skyline drive, which is surprisingly the warmest site Kevin works with, yet also results in the lowest alcohol level of all of the Pinot Noirs, the 2014 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard sees 100% whole cluster and one-third new French oak. Stems, pepper, crushed rocks, smoked earth and ample darker fruits emerge from this serious, concentrated, structured beauty that has ripe tannin, a beautiful mid-palate and a big finish. It needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will keep for 10-15 years after that. (JD) 93+ Inner quote mark (10/2016)

90 points Burghound

Outer quote mark This too is both elegant and attractively perfumed with its array of floral, red and dark berry as well as spiced tea hints. There is good volume and intensity to the muscular yet refined flavors that offer excellent length though with the same hint of dryness that will likely dissipate with several years of keeping and my rating assumes that this will be the case. Patience required. Inner quote mark (6/2017)

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