2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard- USA, California, San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County (5/5/2018)
Surprisingly approachable, but also very good depth. Lots of deep red fruit, earth, spice and a hint of mint show on the nose, and there’s plenty of mid-palate presence, and a moderate level of finishing tannin. I like the overall complexity of this vintage more than any in the past. Perhaps it the additional age of the vines, or a greater understanding of the vineyard, but either way this seems to be a more complete wine than the ones I have had from 2006-2013.
2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard- USA, California, San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County (8/28/2019)
– popped and poured; 1st pour sat in glass for approx. 10 min. before initial taste –
– tasted non-blind over a couple hours –
– from 375mL –
NOSE: earthy purple/red fruit mix; moderately expressive.
BODY: light pinkish-garnet color with slight orange hue throughout; color is of medium-light depth; medium bodied.
TASTE: high acidity; red apple on the finish, which is fairly long and of medium intensity; floral oaky spice; 13.5% alc. not noticeable; tight, but not shut-down — this does offer some pleasure now, but it seems a bit clipped: I expect this to unfurl with a little more cellar time. Best to Hold. Gut impression score: 90 – 91.
Aromas of warm, ripe red fruits dominate the fairly open/expressive Nose. On the palate, this wine seems to be well-relaxed, and likely in its prime window, featuring baked red fruits and a hint of funk, with medium to medium+ acidity and completely resolved tannins. Drink Now and over the near term.