Vineyard: The Rhy Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from younger vines in the Bearwallow Vineyard. The vines in Bearwallow are planted on hillsides at an elevation of 300 to 600 feetin the "deep end" of Anderson Valley.
Soil: 10-25 inches of topsoil over fractured shale, quartz and sandstone
Viticulture: farmed using organic and biodynamic methods
Vinification: De-stemmend and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters using only native yeasts for primary and malolactic fermentation.
Aging: aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 25% which are new.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rhys Vineyards’ 2015 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley bottling is really lovely and will drink with plenty of style right out of the blocks. The deep and classy nose wafts from the glass in a mix of black cherries, a touch of plum, dark chocolate, a fine base of soil, woodsmoke, a dollop of chicory, a touch of exotic botanicals and a really suave framing of new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and focused, with a nice sappiness at the core, a fine soil signature, suave tannins and a long, tangy and nascently complex finish. This has the balance to age very nicely, but it is so good to drink out of the blocks that it is going to be very hard keeping one’s hands off of bottles! 2017-2035+.