2016 Rhys "Alpine Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (500ml)

SKU #1509902 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard is another head-turner and offers complex red fruits, white flowers, pepper, and floral notes as well as incredible balance and purity on the palate. About as seamless as they come, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a layered texture, and a great finish. As with most of these 2016s, it has some accessibility today, yet it’s going to age gracefully on its balance and overall harmony.9 Inner quote mark (2/2019)

95 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2016 Alpine Vineyard from Rhys is a gorgeous Pinot Noir in the making. The superb nose jumps from the glass in a fine blend of black cherries, cassis, charred wood, cola, a fine base of Gevrey-like black minerality, incipient notes of beetroot and a discreet framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and perfectly balanced, with a fine core, refined, moderate tannins, tangy acids and laser-like focus on the very long and very pure, dancing finish. This is still a fairly young wine, but it is going to be stunning when it is ready to drink. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard is aromatically extravagant, even at this early stage, bursting from the glass with notes of cinnamon, orange rind, nutmeg, cherries and raspberries. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and multidimensional, with rich structuring tannins, succulent acids and lovely purity and precision, concluding with a fragrant, transparent finish. The 2016 was vinified with 33% whole cluster and matured in 45% new oak. A few days before my tasting with Brinkman and Harvey, I drank a bottle of the 2012 Alpine Pinot Noir from my own cellar, and the common thread of aromas and textures that connected the older vintage with the younger was striking testimony to the distinctiveness of this terroir. (WK) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard is seamless in the way it floats on the palate. Bright and intensely perfumed, the Alpine is marked by its deeply-pitched aromatics and overall finesse, all of which give it a feeling of total sophistication. Today, I find the Alpine even more compelling than it was from barrel. Time in the glass brings out the wine's silkiness and overall allure. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A perfumed, cool and intensely floral, particularly rose petal, red cherry and Asian-style tea scented nose elegantly introduces super-sleek, intense and beautifully well-detailed middle weight flavors that possess fine depth on the firm and youthfully austere finish that goes on and on, indeed just when it appears to have ended it reappears. Lovely juice. Inner quote mark (4/2019)


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