2017 Rhys "Skyline Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1490821 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard is terrific stuff, but it’s going to need bottle age. Deep ruby/purple-hued with awesome notes of spice red and black fruits, sappy herbs, iodine, lavender, and crushed rocks, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, good concentration, building tannins, and a great finish. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir “Skyline Vineyard” bottling from Rhys Vineyards is just beautiful this year. It exhibits picture-perfect ripeness at 12.9 percent and delivers great vibrancy and purity in its aromatic constellation of sweet dark berries, black plums, raw cocoa, a hint of gamebird, lovely soil complexity, a bit of bonfire and a lovely foundation of new oak. On the palate the wine is suave, full-bodied, focused and beautifully transparent, with a sappy core, lovely structural tension, modest tannins and a very long, very pure and extremely classy finish. This is dynamite young Pinot Noir, but like many of the Rhys 2017s, it is not going to demand any extended period of hibernation before it becomes utterly riveting in the glass! Inner quote mark (7/2019)

93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard opens with savory notions of green olive, prosciutto, licorice and dust with notes of citrus peel, wild blackberries, tobacco and cinnamon. Light to medium-bodied, it has a great core of savory, floral-tinged fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness and finishing very long and very spicy. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard is marked by a decidedly ripe profile. Succulent wild cherry, kirsch, hard candy, mint, leather, spice and sweet tobacco are given an extra kick of savory complexity from the 100% whole clusters. The 2017 offers quite a bit of aromatic and flavor complexity in the mid-weight style that is typical of the 2017 Pinots at Rhys. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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