Rhys Back Vintages from a Private Collection

Within a short period of 15 years, Rhys Vineyards has become one of the marquee producers not only in California, but also in the United States. Kevin Harvey, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, initially transformed his deep passion for Burgundy into a backyard DIY wine project near the Santa Cruz Mountains, which became the predecessor to Rhys Vinyeards. The precise focus on cool, hillside sites in Santa Cruz (and later in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley) was Harvey's method of applying a Burgundian philosophy to test and further maximize the potential of vineyards and locations in California. Across the board, their range of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays demonstrate power, tension, elegance, ageability, and most importantly, a sense of place.

We were fortunate to come across these Rhys back vintages from a private collection. The collection includes Pinots and Chardonnays not only from Horsehoe and Alpine Vineyards in Santa Cruz but also Bearwallow Vineyard in Anderson Valley. There are a few magnums thrown in for good measure. The pricing is simply fantastic for the caliber of these wines. Jonas Mendoza

Rhys 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Alpine Vineyard is located only half a mile from Horseshoe Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, but the shale and chalky soils produce Pinot Noirs with more elegance and less raw, coiled power. Compared with Rhys' Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir, there's more densely ripe black cherry fruit, but the texture is lush and polished with the signature minerality that defines Rhys' Chardonnays and Pinots. I would drink Alpine Vineyard now, and cellar Horseshoe Vineyard, but wouldn't fault if you wanted to save this for a special occasion in the future. Jonas Mendoza

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Rhys Vineyards 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay

In a little more than ten years, owner Kevin Harvey and winemaker Jim Brinkman have seemed to have cracked the code for making world-class, ageworthy Chardonnay in Santa Cruz. Horseshoe Vineyard lies on a ridge of sedimentary shale and a base of sedimentary rock and volcanic ash. The combination of shallow fractured soils, cooling marine influence, and a warm dry season have produced a Chardonnay worthy of comparison to their Burgundian counterparts. Rich lemon curd and ripe peach flavors deftly weave with briny, saline undertones. The finish is long and persistent. A Chardonnay worthy of a very special occasion. Jonas Mendoza

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