2015 Rhys "Home Vineyard" San Mateo County Pinot Noir (Previously $90)

SKU #1410029 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A wine of gravitas and pure power, the 2015 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard is a real stunner. The 100% whole clusters are pretty much buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. This is an absolutely captivating wine in every way. Like so many of these 2015s, the Home is going to require many years to be at its very best. Even so, its potential is amply evident today. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2015 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard comes from a site in San Mateo County and it’s a pretty, forward, charming Pinot Noir made with 100% whole clusters and neutral oak. It offers textbook notes of mulled red fruits, underbrush, dried flowers and dried earth, with lots of savoriness and minerality (I’m sure from the stems) coming through with time in the glass. It’s polished and nicely textured on the palate, with good density and savory tannin that could use a touch more ripeness. Inner quote mark (8/2017)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The Home Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir comes in at the same stated octane level of 13.8% as the Family Farm bottling, but for some reason I have the sense that this wine carries its ripeness a bit better and I do not get the same sense of backend warmth here as I did in the preceding wine. The bouquet is again quite black fruity, but precise and nascently complex, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of cassis, dark berries, a fine base of dark soil, a touch of gamebird, woodsmoke, espresso and a bit of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with fine focus and grip, a potentially plush core of black fruit, fine soil signature and a fair bit of well-integrated tannin perking up the long and ripe finish. This will need longer in the cellar to blossom than the Family Farm bottling, but should be very good when it is fully ready to drink. Inner quote mark (8/2017)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Offering up aromas of ripe cherries, cassis, potpourri and spices, the 2015 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard is full-bodied, ample and layered, with a deep core of ripe fruit and juicy balancing acids, framed by fine-grained but firm, youthfully chewy tannins that make it one of the most overtly structural wines in the range this year. The story is the same in the 2016 vintage, but if anything, the 2015 is even more in need of bottle age. At full maturity, I suspect it will reveal a textural plushness that will surprise anyone who tastes it today. (WK) 92+ Inner quote mark (5/2018)

91 points Burghound

Outer quote mark A notably ripe nose features notes of poached plum, spice, violet and whiffs of menthol and mocha. There is excellent volume to the velvety and suave medium weight flavors that are currently shaped by somewhat raspy tannins that are borderline inelegant yet the depth is first-rate on the ever-so-mildly warm finale. While this bold effort won't win any awards for elegance, it certainly can't be faulted for a lack of character. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (6/2018)

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