Rhys

(866) 511-1520 936 Bransten Rd
San Carlos, CA 94070
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At Rhys Vineyards we aspire to make great wines from unique and expressive vineyards. This pursuit has lead us to select five different sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Our overriding belief that unique vineyard expression is the key to truly great wine leads us to an approach that includes: * A relentless, spare-no-expense, focus on producing the best possible fruit in the vineyard * Carefully selected cool weather sites that offer interesting and expressive soil character * Natural winemaking with minimal intervention These core tenets help us produce ageworthy wines that emphasize vineyard expression, balance, fresh fruit, and concentration. – Description from AlexJelena

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Bearwallow Vineyard 2011

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    Pretty garnet color. Fairly fruity nose. Very light bodied on the tongue. Some hints of red cherry, maybe, strawberry, but pretty subtle. At mid-palate good supporting acid appears. At rear palate and on the finish there is some sort of funkmay be Sulphur, may be bacterialthat really detracts. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Paul, a lot of people insist that there are excellent low-dollar wine buys. ... ... after finishing of the Rhys, tonight, and, sadly, it had not improved by day 2, I opened another one of those Riojas that I found at Costco.  That's the third bottle of that one.  I'm going to have to go back and get more of that.Al, I post my observations on ... Read More

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  • Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah 2011

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    Ive heard of people getting a meatiness from some red wines and Ive never understood that until right now. The nose on this wine is meaty, but, also, with, maybe a sensation that I would associate with tart fruits. On the tongue there is only a hint of fruit (blueberry?), but there does seem to be a taste that makes me think of raw beef. The... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tonight I'm going with Rhys '11 Horseshoe Syrah. I’ve heard of people getting a “meatiness” from some red wines and I’ve never understood that until This one.  The nose on this wine is “meaty,” but, also, with, maybe a sensation that I would associate with tart fruits.  On the tongue there is only a hint of fruit (blueberry?), but there does see... Read More

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  • v v, there seems to be a lot of cooperation between vineyard owners who are ... excellent QPR from Alesia/Rhys.  A variety of tongue sensations--red fruit, wood, briar, mineral, musshroom--but nothing over the top.  Very gentle on tannin.  Good acid, but, again, not over the to Read More

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  • Time for my Vitamin AS More oaky than any other Alesia/Rhys that I can recall.  Lots of butterscotch (w/o the sweetness) on entry.  Some tropical fruit.  Some tartness on the back of the palate, but, you know me, I like acid in my white wines and this one could use more.  On the other hand, Mrs. EMark is loving this.  Read More

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  • Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard 2013

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    Very much an oaky, buttery nose. Yup. Serious butter or, maybe even, butterscotch (without the sweetness) on the tongue. A touch of tropical fruit flavor towards the back of the palate. Some tartness at the back of the palate, but, generally, fairly light on acid. Suggestion of mint and cinnamon (?) on the aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Franny Beck?Another one I have to learn about.Sounds like you're home, now. ... to have helped. That Rhys Chardonnay was REALLY goo Read More

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  • Rhys Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Alpine Vineyard 2013

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    Very big oaky nose of vanilla. Yes, on the tongue I get the vanilla, and, maybe caramel. Make no mistake, this is no butter bomb. Citrus fruit flavors come with concomitant hit of refreshing acid. Quite spritely on the back of the palatemy guess is that is coming from the acid. Winner, winner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Alesia Rhys Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011

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    Slightly murky maroon color. Something of a microbial noseyogurtwith, maybe, some herbaceousness. Very light hit of strawberry on the tip of the tongue. Fairly light bodied. Negligible tannin. Very light acid. Interesting sensation at the back of the palatemelon, as much as anything. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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