The 2015 San Mateo Pinot Noir from Rhys Vineyards is nicely ripe, coming in at 13.5 percent octane and offering up a bright and generous bouquet of red and black cherries, cola, fresh herb tones, a good base of dark soil nuances and a very discreet touch of new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and velvety on the attack, with a plush core of fruit, modest tannins and a long, nascently complex and beautifully balanced finish. This will age very nicely, and grow in complexity with bottle age, but it seems crafted for earlier appeal and is already simply delicious to drink today.
The 2015 Pinot Noir (San Mateo County) is one of the hidden gems in this lineup, as it often is. The radiance of the vintage comes through, but the addition of 33% whole clusters adds savoriness and striking aromatic lift. Sweet red cherry, mint, rose petal and sage are some of the many notes that develop in the glass. This is another very pretty and expressive wine from Rhys. (AG)
Here the nose is slightly higher-toned with its aromas of red cherry, raspberry, floral and violet wisp. There is good vibrancy to the sleek, delicious and nicely detailed medium weight flavors that coat the mouth with dry extract on the dusty, nicely intense and slightly more complex finale. Lovely. *Outstanding*
Moving to the reds and the most charming and forward of the lineup, the 2015 Pinot Noir San Mateo County release is a character-filled effort loaded with notions of strawberries, pit fruits, singed herbs, leather and wild flowers. It has a slightly exotic quality, medium-bodied richness, light tannin and a beautiful finish.
The 2015 Pinot Noir San Mateo County offers up an outgoing bouquet of ripe blackberries, plums, cola and potpourri that will be familiar to long-time followers of this cuvée. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and generous, with a lavish core of fruit and fine, structuring tannins. This is the most open, fruit-driven wine in the Rhys range and it's well adapted to consumption in its youth. (WK)
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