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2017 Rhys Home Vineyard Pinot Noir

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April 28, 2024 - $41



94Jeb Dunnuck

...complex notes of raspberries, sassafras, forest floor, spice, and exotic flowers. This round, medium to full-bodied, seamless effort has building tannins, a terrific sense of balance, and a great finish.

92Vinous / IWC

...bright and nicely lifted, with a distinctly red-toned fruit profile and mid-weight structure.

91The Wine Advocate

...notes of gunflint, toast and earth with dried herbs, sage brush, wild blackberries, black cherries and tobacco leaf with pepper and licorice notes. Light to medium-bodied, it's earthy in the mouth with firmly textured tannins and just enough freshness, finishing earthy.

...the nose is at once more expressive and more floral in character with its lavender, violet and rose petal nuances that add both touches of elegance and breadth to the pretty red cherry liqueur-like aromas. The succulent, round and quite supple medium-bodied flavors also possess a decidedly sleek mouthfeel while retaining plenty of punch on the dusty finish that leans out somewhat as it sits on the palate.



Rhys Vineyards is a Santa Cruz maker of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The estate is owned by Kevin Harvey, who has vineyards in several sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rhys Vineyards also makes a few wines under the Alesia label that come from grapes purchased in the Sonoma Coast and in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is the Rhys Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, however, that have made the small estate into something of a cult producer of California wines with Burgundian appeal. Both the Pinots and Chardonnays regularly earn high ratings from reviewers. The wines are generally available through mailing lists.


United States, California, San Francisco Bay

Central Coast AVA is a huge wine producing area that extends from Santa Barbara County in the south to San Francisco in the north. With more than 100,000 vineyard acres, it includes parts of six counties near the Pacific Ocean. Nearly 20 smaller AVAs lie within the Central Coast AVA. Central Coast earned appellation status in 1985. Included in the appellation are parts of the counties of Contra Costa, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. Nearly every grape varietal grown in California is grown somewhere in the Central Coast AVA, though Chardonnay accounts for nearly 50% of the entire wine grape crop.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.