Reviews

  • Rhys' 2012 wines lead the pack in Gilman's "View From the Cellar" (Aug 2014, Issue #52)

    by John Gilman.

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  • Rhys' 2012s and 2013s top scorers in Galloni's Santa Cruz Mountain coverage  

    by Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

    "Readers who can find the wines should not hesitate, as these are quite possibly the best back-to-back vintages in Rhys's short history thus far. It is impossible not to marvel at what Harvey and his team have achieved in just a few years. The Rhys Pinots aren't just modern-day reference points for California, they are now among the greatest Pinot Noirs being made anywhere in the world."

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  • Rhys's 2012s garner top scores in IWC

    by Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar

    "2012 was "a godsend"... an example of Mother Nature at her benign best"

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  • Allen Meadows find Rhys's 2011s among the best of California

    by Allen Meadows, Burghound.com

    "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."

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  • Antonio Galloni reviews Rhys 2011s and takes a look at 2012s in barrel

    by Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

    "What is the most overlooked terroir in California? It is a question I am asked often. The answer is always the same: The Santa Cruz Mountains. These rugged hillsides just south of San Francisco are home to some of the world’s greatest vineyards and wines. Fabulous, age-worthy Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignon-based reds all flourish on these dramatic mountain sites.

    .... even at the highest level – remain very fairly priced next to global benchmarks. And make no mistake about it, the top Santa Cruz wines are among the world’s elite."

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  • John Gilman's notes on the 2011 Rhys lineup (June 2013)

    by John Gilman, View From The Cellar

    " Wines from the likes of producers such as Rhys ... are really stunning testaments to just what is possible when pinot noir is planted in the right places in California and produced in such a way as to maximize its varietal purity and transparency of soil signature. "

    " ... I tasted some absolutely stellar young examples from the likes of Rhys Vineyards ... that also looked built for the long haul ... "

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  • IWC’s Josh Raynolds offers first look at Rhys 2011s

    by Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar
     

    "We've never worked so hard for so little wine," Kevin Harvey told me as we tasted through his 2011s. "We just got murdered" on yields...

    "...Harvey has at least temporarily revived his negociant label, Alesia, for 2011 "because we had access to fruit grown in great vineyards by people we trust..."

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  • Allen Meadows continues to award Rhys his highest ratings with the 2010 vintage

    by Allen Meadows, Burghound.com

    "... owner Kevin Harvey and winemaker Jeff Brinkman continue to fashion truly remarkable wines...

    Their winemaking process, from harvest to bottling, is based on a gentle gravity system and Rhys wines are never pumped, fined, or filtered."

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  • Rhys's 2008s are Top Scorers in Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May/June 2010)

    by Josh Reynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

    This relatively new winery has probably made as big an immediate splash as I can recall in California, and the wines, which are far more about finesse and complexity than extroverted fruit, are already extremely difficult to find but are absolutely worth the effort to track down.

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  • Allen Meadows' Burghound awards Rhys the highest rating to date for American Pinot Noir! (October 2010)

    by Allen Meadows, Burghound.com

    "Simply put, they are unlike any other pinots being crafted in California today. I hasten to point out that this is not because their methods are radically different (there are others who use very high percentages of whole cluster ferments along with natural yeasts). No, the difference is straightforward: it is because Harvey has chosen his vineyard sites with a keen eye and then obsessively developed them with the one goal of obtaining fruit that expresses unerringly the uniqueness of site. Simply put, these are terroir-driven wines par excellence."

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  • Tanzer's International Wine Cellar puts Rhys 2009's at the top again(May/June 2011)

    by Josh Reynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

    "...the forward nature of his 2009s, which he calls "well-concentrated," will allow them to be drunk with pleasure on the young side while his "even more concentrated" 2008s will need more bottle age."

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  • John Gilman features Rhys in California Traditionalists (June 2011)

    by John Gilman, View From The Cellar

    "In a very short span of years Rhys Vineyards has clearly become one of the finest estates in all of California..."

    "The current batch of wines at Rhys are the finest yet to be produced by the estate and will be well worth a special search to locate."

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  • Rhys receives highest score for Pinot Noir in latest Wine Advocate (Sept 2011)

    by Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

    "Inspired by a love for Burgundy, proprietor Kevin Harvey has set his sights on making top-flight Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Pinots in particular are exceptional for their sheer personality, but I also think the wines could also prove to be some of the most long-lived Pinots from California because of their minerality and structure."

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  • Allen Meadows awards his highest ratings to 2009 Rhys Pinots

    by Allen Meadows, Burghound.com

    "... owner Kevin Harvey and winemaker Jeff Brinkman continue to fashion truly remarkable wines...

    One other aspect that I find fascinating is that the character of each vineyard is becoming more evident with each passing vintage ..."

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  • IWC offers first look at Rhys's exciting 2010s

    by Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar

    "Winemaker Jeff Brinkman called 2010 "a terroir vintage, whereas 2009 was a weather vintage. The '10s have a site transparency to them and a mineral pungency while the '09s are more about fruit."

    "This strikingly elegant, precise pinot was among the highlights of my spring trip."

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  • The Wine Advocate's Antonio Galloni loves the Rhys 2010s

    by Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate (August 2012)

    "The result is a series of breathtaking wines, Pinots especially, that are among the finest being made in the United States."

    "... there is no question these are exciting, compelling wines of the highest level."

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