Robert Parker 95
Following the Family Farm release, the 2013 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard has more minerality to go with pretty red fruits, spice and mountain wild flower-like nuances. It has plenty of fruit, yet has a core of tight tannin and acidity that only shows on the finish. Textured, balanced, layered and nuanced, it’s a classic Rhys Pinot Noir that has everything you could want. Drink it over the coming decade. Kevin Harvey and his team at Rhys have hit homeruns in 2013 and these latest releases are some of the top Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays coming out of California today. For more in-depth vineyard information, readers should look at the 2011 and 2012 retrospective article published earlier this year. Tel. (866) 511-1520; www.rhysvineyards.com
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025
Huge swaths of tannin provide the backbone of the 2013 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard. Many of the Rhys 2013 Pinots are quite appealing today. This is not one of them. Readers will have to be exceedingly patient, as the 2013 is likely to age at a glacial pace by California standards. The flavors are dark, bold and intense, throughout, with a kick of intensity from the rocky soils. The tannins need time to soften a bit, but there is no question the 2013 Home is a knock out.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2025