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2015 Rhys "Alpine Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1410028 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark I think a significant step up over the Horseshoe Vineyard (time will help clear this up, though), the 2015 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard is straight up sensational. Its medium ruby color is followed by a deep, slightly reticent bouquet of cherry pits, black raspberries, dried violets, forest floor and spice. Incredibly nuanced, seamless, silky and refined on the palate, with terrific tension, purity, and concentration, it’s one of the do-not-miss wines of the 2015 vintage! Inner quote mark (8/2017)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard is another superb wine in this lineup. Nothing in particular stands out. Instead, all the elements come together effortlessly. Rich ample and pliant, the 2015 possesses remarkable depth and density in all of its dimensions. The 2015 was done with only a touch (10%) of whole clusters. What comes through most is the extraordinary quality of the fruit. An infusion of blood orange, pomegranate, mint, white pepper and spices leads into a finish laced with exoticism and allure. Yields were just 0.75 tons per acre. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Here the restrained nose is cool, airy and wonderfully seductive while displaying enough floral, herbal tea, sandalwood and spice elements that it resembles in its fashion what one sometimes sees from Vosne; in short, I love the aromatics. There is a lovely sense of verve to the rich and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract while delivering superb depth on the lingering finish where the only reproach is a hint of warmth. This is an absolute knockout and while it could be enjoyed young, make no mistake that underneath all of the extract lurks very firm tannins that will likely emerge with a few years of age. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (5/2018)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2015 Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir from Kevin Harvey and his talented team at Rhys is an outstanding young wine, offering up perfect ripeness at 13%, without any diminution in the expression of this vineyard’s outstanding terroir. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a youthful blend of sweet dark berries, espresso, complex minerality, a touch of stems, woodsmoke, pepper, incipient balsamic tones and a touch of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and exceptionally well-balanced, with a superb core of fruit, ripe, seamless tannins, good acids and lovely transparency on the very, very long, nascently complex finish. This will be a superb bottle, once it has had a full decade in the cellar, and probably is the only 2015 Rhys Pinot Noir bottling that will be able to keep the pace set by the brilliant Pinots made here in 2013 and 2014! 94+ Inner quote mark (7/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Coming together in the glass with constantly evolving aromas of wild berries, rich spices, orange rind, espresso roast and violets, the superb 2015 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard is a medium-bodied, tight-knit wine that needs a minimum of 5 or 6 years' bottle age. Intensely concentrated and underpinned by succulent acids, the quality of the powdery, velvety tannins is first-rate, and this Pinot Noir's finish is extremely long and stony. There's no doubt, however, that it has shut down since it was bottled. If readers are tempted to pull corks in the near term, I suspect the 2015 Alpine will never be as structurally unforgiving as some of Rhys' efforts from a decade ago, but the real excitement emphatically lies in the future. (WK) 94+ Inner quote mark (5/2018)


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