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2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Rhys Vineyards rhysvineyards.com   details
Appellation: San Francisco Bay - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Maturity: Hold
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$59.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: February 4, 2014 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
91 points "The 2011 Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard is one of the wilder wines in this range of 2011 Pinots. Game, tar, licorice and dark fruits all take on an intensely mineral personality with distinct volcanic overtones reminiscent of Aglianico and Taurasi. The layered, exotic finish is compelling and full of character. View from the Cellar -- 93+pts The 2011 Family Farm bottling has come in a tad less ripe than the Home Vineyard (12.8 percent alcohol versus 13-2 percent- both very, very civilized octane numbers in my book!) and as a result the wine is even a touch more red fruity and soil- driven in this vintage. The gorgeously complex nose offers up scents of cherries, beetroot, pomegranate, a great, complex base of soil, vinesmoke, a touch of nutskin, fresh herbs and a lovely, discreet framing of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full- bodied, complex and very transparent, with a fine core of fruit, suave tannins, tangy acids and excellent focus and grip on the very long and dancing finish. High class pinot. 2017- 2040. IWC -- 93pts (made with 58% whole clusters and raised in 40% new oak): Deep red. Black raspberry, cherry pit, Asian spices and smoky oak on the nose. Fine-grained and sappy, with strong lift to the flavors of dark raspberry, bitter cherry and blood orange. Finishes long, on a faintly medicinal note, with sweet harmonious tannins and lingering spiciness" Best 2017-2040
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