Rhys Vineyards

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

9.222 ratings
9.26 pro ratings
Anderson Valley, North Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Patrick Derdeyn

Final vintage for this one as this wine and all of the other appellations become Alesia in 2016. This is bright fruited with cranberry, spice and mineral. Solid acidity keeps this framed nicely, just entering an early drinking window and will hold several years.

Final vintage for this one as this wine and all of the other appellations become Alesia in 2016. This is bright fruited with cranberry, spice and mineral. Solid acidity keeps this framed nicely, just entering an early drinking window and will hold several years.

Nov 5th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

2015 is the end of the line for appellation wines bottled under the Rhys label. They will be repurposing the Alesia label to be used exclusively for appellation level wines which will be made with 100% Rhys estate vineyard fruit. This one in particular comes fully from the Bearwallow vineyard in Anderson Valley. It’s a lovely medium weighted pinot with raspberry, loam, and white pepper. med+ acidity and mild tannin. Improves with air and should improve over the next 3-5 yrs, although delicious now.

2015 is the end of the line for appellation wines bottled under the Rhys label. They will be repurposing the Alesia label to be used exclusively for appellation level wines which will be made with 100% Rhys estate vineyard fruit. This one in particular comes fully from the Bearwallow vineyard in Anderson Valley. It’s a lovely medium weighted pinot with raspberry, loam, and white pepper. med+ acidity and mild tannin. Improves with air and should improve over the next 3-5 yrs, although delicious now.

Aug 5th, 2018
John Willison

Crushed blue fruit, forest floor. Plums, tannins, lingering finish. Good wine.

Crushed blue fruit, forest floor. Plums, tannins, lingering finish. Good wine.

Jun 9th, 2018
Tobin Trevarthen

Awesome Pinot. Big Strawberry. Barnyard must. Earthy.

Awesome Pinot. Big Strawberry. Barnyard must. Earthy.

Jan 1st, 2018
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9.2

Anderson Valley in California’s Mendocino County seems to get a little lost in the shuffle, which is unfortunate. Considerable investment in recent years has helped to elevate attention to the region that continues to prove it can excel with Chardonnays, Pinots, Syrahs and Cabernets. The 2015 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley), the second selection from Rhys's Bearwallow vineyard, is gorgeous. Sweet red cherry, hard candy, wild flowers, mint, and rose petal notes are pushed forward in a pliant, supple Pinot that will drink well right out of the gate. There is so much to like here, including the wine's engaging, up-front personality. This stellar appellation-level wine over delivers big time. Don't miss it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Aug 2017)

Anderson Valley in California’s Mendocino County seems to get a little lost in the shuffle, which is unfortunate. Considerable investment in recent years has helped to elevate attention to the region that continues to prove it can excel with Chardonnays, Pinots, Syrahs and Cabernets. The 2015 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley), the second selection from Rhys's Bearwallow vineyard, is gorgeous. Sweet red cherry, hard candy, wild flowers, mint, and rose petal notes are pushed forward in a pliant, supple Pinot that will drink well right out of the gate. There is so much to like here, including the wine's engaging, up-front personality. This stellar appellation-level wine over delivers big time. Don't miss it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Aug 2017)

Oct 12th, 2017
Daniel Steilen

Nice nose, red fruits. Needs more time.

Nice nose, red fruits. Needs more time.

Dec 3rd, 2018
Uli Klumpp

Promising, needs time

Promising, needs time

Dec 17th, 2017
Andrew Lam

perhaps the best Rhys I've ever had. Nice bit of spice to it. We got the last bottle!

perhaps the best Rhys I've ever had. Nice bit of spice to it. We got the last bottle!

Nov 27th, 2017
Luis Arguero

White pepper. Black cherries. Raspberries.

White pepper. Black cherries. Raspberries.

Nov 10th, 2017
Isaac Pirolo

The force is strong with this one. Gravity defying ethereality relative to the immense density of flavor and a mouthfeel that pushes 1,000 thread count. Opens with a wild fruit arrangement of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry that comes through in perfect harmony, followed by grilled tangerine peel and baking spices with an earthy bent. The background is filled with a menagerie of orchard fruit, wildflowers, faint smoke, black tea, and rose hip. The balance and weightlessness are a deceptive precursor to the echo of a noticeably lengthy finish.

The force is strong with this one. Gravity defying ethereality relative to the immense density of flavor and a mouthfeel that pushes 1,000 thread count. Opens with a wild fruit arrangement of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry that comes through in perfect harmony, followed by grilled tangerine peel and baking spices with an earthy bent. The background is filled with a menagerie of orchard fruit, wildflowers, faint smoke, black tea, and rose hip. The balance and weightlessness are a deceptive precursor to the echo of a noticeably lengthy finish.

Aug 22nd, 2017