Rhys Vineyards

Family Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.1321 ratings
9.068 pro ratings
San Mateo County, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
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
Mark Morgan

Complex and drinking well -- just needed a short decant

Complex and drinking well -- just needed a short decant

1 person found it helpfulSep 26th, 2017
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.6

Brilliant raspberry and raspberry leaf mixes with red currant and crushed stone over a bed of cedar and pine boughs.

Brilliant raspberry and raspberry leaf mixes with red currant and crushed stone over a bed of cedar and pine boughs.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 1st, 2017
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.3

Succulent red berries, fine-tuned oak and fresh acidity hallmarks this classically built-up PN, which has an underlying structure and will reward cellaring.

Succulent red berries, fine-tuned oak and fresh acidity hallmarks this classically built-up PN, which has an underlying structure and will reward cellaring.

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2014