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Rhys Vineyards




Anderson Valley

Grape Variety:

Pinot Noir

Skyline, Pinot Noir, 2016

Tasting Note:

At 700m of altitude Skyline is the highest of the Rhys Vineyards sites, and one of the highest in all of California. Planted to great density on the shallowest of soils it tends to produce the tiniest yields in the Rhys Range, and often requires the most time to open up. A complex mish-mash of soils types are found at Skyline, testament to millions of years of San Andreas fault activity, running from shale to limestone to sandstone. The vine material comprises a massale selection of 12 mixed ‘suitcase’ clones planted together, which gives rise to much of the wines complexity. While often the most tightly wound, it is also the most exotically spiced of the Rhys Pinot’s, with roses and cinnamon notes that appear after a few years in bottle. The 2016 has all of the crushed rock notes you’d expect, interspersed with notes of orange peel, wild herb, nuts and wild alpine floral notes. Stunning complexity here, all tightly wound up, biding its time, waiting to unfurl. Skyline is a rarity on these shores and this is the very first time we’ve received an allocation; something of a coup as this cuvee tends to only appear on the Rhys allocation mailing list.

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