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Rhys Vineyards, 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard


Rhys Vineyards, 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard


Rhys Vineyards, 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

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2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Rhys Vineyards

VINEYARD: From its steep and rocky perch, Alpine Vineyard gazes at the Pacific Ocean 10 miles in the distance at an Elevation of 1230-1400ft. The chalky Purisima Formation soils are shallow and rocky while the slopes can range up to 40%. The altitude and proximity to the ocean contribute to a very cool climate, but unlike most of California’s cool and foggy sites Alpine has little wind. This unique combination of climate and soil produces wines that do not taste like any other Pinot Noir or Chardonnay in the world.

VINIFICATION: No crushing even for de-stemmed lots. One or two ton fermenters, mix of oak and steel - cold soak at 50 degrees F for five days, gradually ramp up of temp, mid-70’s F ferment temp, peaks at 85-88 degrees F - All foot trodden, twice a day down to 5 Brix and then once a day to dryness. Goes dry on skins after 10-14 days, pressed off into barrel with lees, on gross lees for 12 months - rack off lees in tank to put blends together, when blends are assembled, back to barrel, then bottled after 17-18 months total elevage.

- Ages in high quality, tightly-grained Francois Freres custom barrels, 4 yr seasoning, med to med+ toast, 51% new;
- 57% whole cluster;
- 47 barrels(225L) produced;
- No additions of acid, water, tannins, yeasts or anything else but a little sulfur;
- The wine is never pumped, fined, or filtered.

Producer Page: Rhys Vineyards