2012 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., $69. From an 11-acre vineyard planted to Rhys selection and heritage clones. 12-24” topsoil over soft shale at 1230’ to 1400’ elevation. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very complex nose with scents of alpine strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, conifer, sous-bois, spice and rose petal dancing in and out over time. Softly textured, harmonious and very approachable, with a tasty black cherry core framed by modest tannins and juicy acidity. Still showing a blanket of oak that will integrate over time. Finishes with impressive length and generosity. Score: 91-92. Reviewed January 23, 2015

Winery: Rhys Vineyards
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir