Following the Family Farm release, the 2013 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard has more minerality to go with pretty red fruits, spice and mountain wild flower-like nuances. It has plenty of fruit, yet has a core of tight tannin and acidity that only shows on the finish. Textured, balanced, layered and nuanced, it's a classic Rhys Pinot Noir that has everything you could want. Drink it over the coming decade. (JD)
Huge swaths of tannin provide the backbone of the 2013 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard. Many of the Rhys 2013 Pinots are quite appealing today. This is not one of them. Readers will have to be exceedingly patient, as the 2013 is likely to age at a glacial pace by California standards. The flavors are dark, bold and intense, throughout, with a kick of intensity from the rocky soils. The tannins need time to soften a bit, but there is no question the 2013 Home is a knock out. (AG) 94+
The 2013 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir shares an intensity of flavor and backend energy this year with all of the other fine pinots in the lineup, and it is quite clear that the 2013 vintage here at Rhys is a very special year indeed for this variety (and we shall see about the syrahs from this vintage next year, when they are ready for release). The bouquet on the Home Vineyard is deep, pure and black fruity, delivering a complex constellation of black plums, black cherries, cola, beautifully complex soil tones, a dollop of fresh herbs, a discreet framing of cedar and esthery savory notes in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and tangy, with superb mid-palate depth, fine-grained tannins, sound acids and lovely length and grip on the complex and still pretty primary finish. This is a touch more bound up in its fine structure out of the blocks than some of the single vineyard bottlings, but this will just protect it from infanticide and the wine will be stellar when it blossoms fully. 93+
Subtle if distinctly different notes of cigar tobacco and cedar add breadth to the pretty red cherry, pomegranate and plum aromas that are liberally laced with floral and tea nuances. There is a pronounced sense of vibrancy to the refreshing and inviting medium weight flavors that also possess really lovely delineation and a subtle minerality while delivering fine depth and length on the dusty, mouth coating and ever-so-mildly austere finish. This isn't quite as powerful as the Family Farm but this is no shrinking violet in its own right, indeed it is almost rustic. *Outstanding*
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