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Rhys Vineyards
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA, United States

Rhys Vineyards aspires to make compelling, soil-driven Pinot Noir and other wines from some of California's most unique and expressive vineyards. This pursuit has lead them to search the state for exciting rocky soils that exist within the cool, mountainous Coastal climate zone.

Rhys' winemaking philosophy starts in the vineyard, where they take an organic/biodynamic approach to viticulture and strive for low yields. In the cellar, their hands-off winemaking process is based around native yeast fermentations and a gentle gravity system, which means their wines are never pumped, fined, or filtered. This gentle approach is intended to increase complexity and enhance vineyard expression.

Kevin Harvey, owner of Rhys Vineyards, never imagined as a beer-swilling youth that he would someday become a vineyard owner. But after moving to California at age 23 for a job in the tech industry and experiencing the wines for himself (along with a wine-filled honeymoon in France), Harvey knew it was the right path for him. Harvey's obsession - in particular, with Pinot Noir - deepened, and he spent the next 15 years studying Pinot Noir while visiting vineyards in New Zealand, Oregon, and California. He was intent on proving that the New World can create just as many site-expressive wines as the Old World.

The Santa Cruz Mountains has a longer history of growing Pinot and Chardonnay than probably any other place in California. Beginning in the late 1800s with Paul Masson who planted cuttings of Chard and Pinot from Louis Latour in the area south of Rhys, to Martin Ray who, after training with Masson, planted what would become Domaine Eden. That said, while Masson and Martin both have a place in the pantheon of California wine history, they haven't come close to what Harvey's team has accomplished. Along with talented winemaker Jeff Brinkman and vineyard manager Javier Meza, Rhys is producing what critics are calling "the best New World pinot noirs ever encountered... shockingly close in quality to the finest red Burgundies." (Mike Steinberger, Slate)

This tiny jewel of a label in an under heralded appellation... seems to prompt nearly spontaneous gushing by any critic within sniffing distance... the full scope of their power and eloquence is recognizable primarily to those who have sampled the very best of Burgundy’s grands crus. The wines aren’t just great; they’re significant.-


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2012 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Ranch [RHY100_12]
2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard [RHY370_12]
2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Ranch [RHY380_12]
2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County [RHY350_12]
2013 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard [RHY100_13]
2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard [RHY390_13]
2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard [RHY370_13]
2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard [RHY400_13]
2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard [RHY380_13]
2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains [RHY410_13]
2014 Rhys Chardonnay Anderson Valley [RHY120_14]
2014 Rhys Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard [RHY110_14]
2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard [RHY390_14]
2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley [RHY320_14]
2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Ranch Vineyard [RHY380_14]
2015 Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley [RHY320_15]
2015 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County [RHY350_15]