It was Jeremy Seysses of Burgundy’s Domaine Dujac who alerted me to the amazing things that Kevin Harvey and his team at Rhys are doing, and that seems appropriate as the wines certainly seem to nod to Dujac’s style. The 2013 Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of the most compelling young wines I’ve tasted from Rhys. Its youthful and savoury bouquet of crisp red and black cherry, fresh herbs, cinnamon and rich forest floor is followed on the palate by a wine of impressive vibrancy and depth. Rhys wines are built for the cellar, and the handful of older bottles I’ve encountered suggests that patience really is rewarded. Drinking Window 2021 - 2045 (WK)
The 2013 Alpine Vineyard bottling this year from Rhys is another truly exceptional example of the vintage and this wine is a cellar treasure in the making. Like many of the other 2013 pinots here, there is a musky sappiness on the nose that is truly stunning (and has not really been seen here in previous vintages), with the wine delivering a gorgeous aromatic constellation of sweet dark berries, black cherries, espresso, complex, dark soil tones, fresh thyme, exotic spice tones and a deft framing of cedar. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with great structure, fine-grained tannins, bright acids and outstanding length and grip on the pure and nascently complex finish. A great, great wine in the making, and a bit easier to resist out of the blocks than the 2013 Skyline, which will make it far less likely to be slaughtered by premature opening! (Drink between 2021-2050) 95+
The 2013 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard has a touch of darker fruit in its strawberry, cassis, dusty soil and earthy bouquet. This flows to a beautifully textured, seamless Pinot Noir that has sound underlying structure, medium plus-bodied richness and a great finish. Possessing both fruit and structure, it should be accessible for all of its life. (JD)
Sweet red cherry, plum, mint, spice and expressive floral notes form a super-appealing backdrop of aromas and flavors in the 2013 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard. Open-knit and super-expressive, the 2013 boasts superb textural balance and finesse. A final burst of red stone fruit and pomegranate hits the finely-knit, delicate finish. (AG)
Here too there is a pronounced floral character to the slightly riper aromas of various red berries, in particular currant, along with hints of sandalwood and Asian-style tea. The lilting and wonderfully refined medium weight flavors exude a fine bead of minerality on the dusty, vibrant, restrained and equally understated finish. There is a touch of backend austerity and like the Alpine Hillside, this sleekly muscular effort is going to require extended bottle age to realize its full potential. *Outstanding*
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