Vineyard: Family Farm

OwnerKevin Harvey
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains
StoryRhys Vineyards property
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2011 Rhys Vineyards Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County Pinot Noir

12.8% alc.. 60% whole cluster, aged in 40% new French oak. · Aromas of grilled plum, earth, smoke and peat. Relatively undeveloped and closed, showing some appealing dark berry and smoky plum flavors with restrained, fine-grain tannins. Good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Rhys Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County Pinot Noir

12.7% alc., $59. From a 6.16-acre vineyard planted to Swan, 115, Pommard and Rhys selection in alluvial clay loam soil. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very complex nose offering an array of aromas including black plum, black currant, spice, boot leather and hay bale. Moderately rich black fruit flavors with an added hint of cola and tar. There is so much character in this wine that the drinker is quickly sent back to the glass for another sip, looking to discover the many nuances over time. The finish is extraordinarily generous and long, and the underlying cut of acidity really brings the wine to life. The balance predicates a long life for this wine. Score: 93. Reviewed September 29, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Rhys Vineyards Family Farm Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., $49. Swan selection, Pommard clone, and Dijon 115 clone planted to 6’ x 6’ at 400 feet on clay loam soil. Yield 2.6 tons per acre. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure but pleasing scents of Bing cherries and cardamom spice with hints of minty oak and stem. Relatively delicate flavors of cherries, raspberries and red hard candy with a bright citrus peel note. Delivers more intensity with time in the glass but doesn’t excite. The nose trumps the flavors at this time. More akin to a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. About the same the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. May improve with cellaring. Good. Reviewed January 27, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Rhys Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., $49. · Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Shy aromas of dark cherries and berries with notes of oak char and anise. The nose never really opens until the following day. Lavish core of dark berry, black currant and black plum flavors with impressive density and lip-smacking sappiness. The wine has a very seamless quality and finishes on a high note with delicious tannin-backed dark raspberry flavor. Equally fine the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good (+). Reviewed October 26, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Rhys Vineyards Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., $49. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels. · Loamy bright berry fruit accented with spice and chocolate. Tasty core of dark raspberry and strawberry fruits combined with a silky texture and a refreshing tang on the finish. Beautifully composed and harmonious. Reviewed February 25, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Rhys Vineyards Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., $49. Swan selection, Pommard clone, Dijon 115 clone planted on alluvial clay loam. Yield of 2.1 tons per acre. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Great nose with flamboyant scents of black cherry compote, raspberry jam, clove and other spices, and a hint of smoke. Dark red fruited with intense and vivid red plum and berry flavors framed by exotic spices. The tannins are firm and dry, the mouth feel is silky, and the balance is spot on. A beautiful, black tie Pinot Noir that demands attention. Reviewed January 27, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »