Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir
Rhys Vineyards

Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir,

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vintage

Rhys Vineyards, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir, 2014

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Rhys Vineyards, Anderson Valley, Pinot Noir, 2014

In keeping with the Rhys philosophy of site specific wines, the Anderson Valley pinot is sourced entirely from the Bearwallow vineyard, situated at the cool end of the Anderson Valley, presented in an early drinking and enormously alluring package. Displaying textbook Bearwallow characteristics of bright fruit and finely spiced minerality in a poised, elegant and silky package. For all the sweet fruit this is never cloying or faux, the purity of fruit combining with fresh minerality to make it highly interesting, but also very moreish.

ABV:
13.5%
91/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2014 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) is a new wine from Rhys made from 100% estate fruit from Bearwallow. A preference for fully destemmed fruit gives the 2014 lovely up-front intensity and more early appeal than most of the Rhys Pinots, which is a big plus for consumers. With time in the glass, the wine gains in fleshiness and succulence. Think of the Anderson Valley Pinot like a village-level wine from a top Burgundy domaine. It is the hidden gem in the Rhys lineup.
Date Reviewed:
07/2016

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country:
USA
region:
California
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Allergen Information:
This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
Rhys Vineyards

Rhys Vineyards

Kevin Harvey’s Rhys Vineyards has built up a near cult like following in just a decade of releases. His bottlings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from both the Santa Cruz Mountains and now also the Anderson Valley in Mendocino are rightly seen as amongst the very top echelon of wines produced anywhere in the United States.

Everything about these wines speaks of attention to detail and a deep commitment to making great wine. From purchasing uncoopered staves of the finest French oak a full four years prior to cooperage, to the vast underground purpose built winemaking cellar, no detail is left to chance. In the often steep vineyards, vine density is extremely high and as a result farming is entirely manual and very labour intensive. In the winery, vinification is carried out at a micro-level in tiny 4ft square vats: fermentations are native and everything is gravity-fed without pumping, fining or filtration. In essence, the wines are given kid gloves treatment, and then aged in almost neutral French barrels, so better to promote the site specific characters of the vineyards in the portfolio.

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