The 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains is a terrific expression of mountain fruit, especially when tasted beside the San Mateo release. Firm red fruits, dusty stone-like minerality, white flowers and a touch of rose all emerge from this medium-bodied, silky, lively and elegantly styled Pinot Noir. Possessing solid underlying tannin and integrated acidity, it will have 10-12 years of overall longevity. (JD)
The 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains shows a much darker side of Pinot, especially next to the San Mateo County, Rhys's other appellation wine. The flavors are bold and deeply spiced to the core, with layers of dark red and bluish fruit that emerge over time. Leather, cedar and cloves help shape the creamy finish. This is one of the hidden gems in the Rhys lineup. Don't miss it! (AG)
Here the equally elegant nose is both more expressive and a bit more deeply pitched as well with its layered array of both red and dark Pinot fruit, violet and lilac scents. There is a lovely sense of vibrancy to the detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess noticeably more mid-palate concentration as well as better depth and length. There isn't the same finesse but there is undeniably more here.
The 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains bottling of pinot noir from Rhys Vineyards is a lovely, red fruity wine that tips the scales at a very civilized thirteen percent alcohol. The wine offers up a beautiful and very red fruity aromatic blend of strawberries, cherries, eucalyptus, coffee, a nice touch of soil and a pretty topnote of sweet herbs. On the palate the wine is fullish, suave and quite velvety on the attack, with a fine core, modest tannins and a long, tangy and beautifully balanced finish. A really lovely entry level bottling from this superb Santa Cruz Mountain estate. Drink between 2015-2025.
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