Vinous Rhys Vineyards, 2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
"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." –Jul-16
Wine Advocate Rhys Vineyards, 2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
"The 500-case 2014 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley comes all from the estate's Bearwallow Vineyard, which they've grown from an original six acres planted to now 32 acres in total. Mostly destemmed and aged all in old oak, it offers a spice-laced bouquet of framboise, black raspberries, dried herbs and underbrush to go with a medium-bodied, beautifully textured style on the palate. It's already drinking nicely, but should keep for 5-7 years."
Rhys Vineyards, 2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
While driving northwest on Hwy 128 through the "Deep End" of Anderson Valley, the sight of the steep vineyard-covered hills rising above the redwoods is quite spectacular. Bearwallow sits at 600 feet in elevation and is farmed biodynamically. As with all of Rhys' wines, winemaking is based on a hands-off, gravity-focused approach. Fermentation with native yeasts is followed by aging in high quality, tightly-grained new French oak. The wine is never pumped, fined, or filtered.