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Failla, 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

92
"Crushed rose petals, mint, sweet red berries and cinnamon are some of the many notes that meld together in the 2012 Pinot Noir San Mateo. A wine of precision and nuance, the 2012 impresses for its balance. Sweet and savory notes from the inclusion of 60% whole clusters add lift on the finish. In 2012, the San Mateo is a blend of 60% Family Farm, 30% Horseshoe and 10% Alpine."
–July 2014, Antonio Galloni
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Failla, 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

91
"Bright ruby. Pungent dark berries and cherry on the nose, with smoky mineral and rose nuances adding complexity. On the palate, juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors are complicated by suggestions of licorice and candied rose. Spreads out nicely on the finish, which is framed by supple, well-knit tannins. This sexy pinot is delicious right now."
–June 2014, Josh Raynolds
Burghound
Failla, 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

90
"The estate wines of Rhys Vineyards are made from organic and biodynamically farmed fruit. Owner Kevin Harvey and winemaker Jeff Brinkman continue to fashion truly remarkable wines, indeed they are consistently among the best examples that California has to offer. At each of their vineyards sites, over 75% of the land is left in a completely natural state. In addition to the native wildlife, they plant herbs, flowers, vegetables and grain crops while free ranging chickens and sheep also help naturally fertilize the vineyards. This is all part of their philosophy that creating a living soil creates better wine. Their winemaking process, from harvest to bottling, is based on a gravity system and the wines are never pumped, fined, or filtered. Readers should be aware that the Rhys wines are clearly fashioned in a built-to-age style and thus are most assuredly not intended to show their best young. Thus I would suggest that if you're going to buy them do so with the intent to allow for at least a few years of bottle age."
–Jan 2015
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2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County
Rhys Vineyards

Rhys' San Mateo County Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from their top sites in the area. In 2012, the wine is 60% Family Farm Vineyard, 30% Horseshoe, and 10% Alpine Vineyard. The mountain fruit from Horseshoe and Alpine give this wine its backbone, acidity, and spicy undertones, while the Family Farm fruit lends the wine its charming, bright and approachable profile. 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.

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