Rhys Vineyards

Family Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.1362 ratings
9.077 pro ratings
San Mateo County, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Robert McCall

Excellent sniffing wine. Light to medium bodied palate with elegant strawberries and tart raspberries and vanilla rhubarb. Really enjoyable after a couple hours decant.

Excellent sniffing wine. Light to medium bodied palate with elegant strawberries and tart raspberries and vanilla rhubarb. Really enjoyable after a couple hours decant.

Jan 19th, 2020
Patrick Derdeyn

2012 Family Farm. Still in the late stages of primary. Beautiful light body, but dark color. Rich fruit compote flavors, heavy on the black cherry and some cigar box notes. Finishes with a hint of orange peel. Still lots of life left here.

2012 Family Farm. Still in the late stages of primary. Beautiful light body, but dark color. Rich fruit compote flavors, heavy on the black cherry and some cigar box notes. Finishes with a hint of orange peel. Still lots of life left here.

Sep 14th, 2019
Eric Urbani

Split. Lovely.

Split. Lovely.

Apr 9th, 2019
John Willison

From 500ml...Black Cherry, cherry licorice, dried roses, licorice root, black tea finish. Austere, in a good way.

From 500ml...Black Cherry, cherry licorice, dried roses, licorice root, black tea finish. Austere, in a good way.

Jan 20th, 2019
John Willison

Tart cherry, blackberry, licorice, dry berry finish.

Tart cherry, blackberry, licorice, dry berry finish.

Dec 1st, 2018
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9.4

The 2016 Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard is beautifully lifted and precise. Bright red berry fruit and floral notes are nicely layered in a Pinot that speaks to understatement and class. In this range, the Family Farm stands out for its crystalline precision and nuance. All the elements are simply in the right place. The 2016 was done with 15% stems, the least Rhys has used for the Family Farm. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018)

The 2016 Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard is beautifully lifted and precise. Bright red berry fruit and floral notes are nicely layered in a Pinot that speaks to understatement and class. In this range, the Family Farm stands out for its crystalline precision and nuance. All the elements are simply in the right place. The 2016 was done with 15% stems, the least Rhys has used for the Family Farm. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018)

Sep 5th, 2018
Chris MacLean

Clean but not crisp. Deep but not complex. Integrated but still oaky.

Clean but not crisp. Deep but not complex. Integrated but still oaky.

Feb 2nd, 2018
Robert McCall

Strawberry, spice, earth, and faint herbal/bell pepper note dominates the nose. Bright strawberries, spice, pepper, and a nice silky acidity provides moderate intensity in the mouth. Showing well tonight baby!

Strawberry, spice, earth, and faint herbal/bell pepper note dominates the nose. Bright strawberries, spice, pepper, and a nice silky acidity provides moderate intensity in the mouth. Showing well tonight baby!

Dec 31st, 2017
Patrick Derdeyn

This is one of those wines that amazes for how much purity of fruit they were able to pack into a wine that is so light and bright. Bursting with red fruit flavor in a package that is only 12.8%. Showing no signs of maturity, still tastes like the day it was pressed but these are finally into an early drinking window.

This is one of those wines that amazes for how much purity of fruit they were able to pack into a wine that is so light and bright. Bursting with red fruit flavor in a package that is only 12.8%. Showing no signs of maturity, still tastes like the day it was pressed but these are finally into an early drinking window.

Nov 25th, 2017
Stefan Dolhain

Intense and profound Burgundy-like Pinot Noir nose with beautifully pure red fruits and a subtle hint of spices and a mineral touch. Like a hypothetical blend of high quality Burgundy (Echézeaux) and German Baden Pinot Noir (Martin Wassmer Castellberg comes to mind). Profound, very elegant with silky tannin and long aftertaste. A beauty indeed. 2013 vintage. Not cheap at 99 euro but unfortunately that is the price of Pinot Noir at this level. 2013 vintage.

Intense and profound Burgundy-like Pinot Noir nose with beautifully pure red fruits and a subtle hint of spices and a mineral touch. Like a hypothetical blend of high quality Burgundy (Echézeaux) and German Baden Pinot Noir (Martin Wassmer Castellberg comes to mind). Profound, very elegant with silky tannin and long aftertaste. A beauty indeed. 2013 vintage. Not cheap at 99 euro but unfortunately that is the price of Pinot Noir at this level. 2013 vintage.

Jul 14th, 2017