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Pinot Noir 'Home Vineyard', Rhys Vineyards

The Home Vineyard was the first of Rhys’ seven estate vineyards. Originally planted in 1995 and expanded in 1998, it was initially just a 1/4 acre in size. For many years our Home Vineyard production was just a single barrel or 24 cases of wine. Fortunately in 2007 we were able to acquire the adjacent hillside and expand the vineyard to 1.3 acres. The new acreage is planted very densely at 4’x4.5′ to the low vigor 420A rootstock and a field selection of heritage and suitcase clones. We feel that this new section is producing wines of even higher quality than the original planting.

While the Home Vineyard enjoys the same mild, consistent climate as the Family Farm vineyard, it is situated on a different soil type. The decomposed sandstone of the Whiskey Hill formation and clay loam topsoil produce an elegant wine of earthy complexity, powdery aromatics and beautiful red and black fruit. It is really interesting to compare the differing character of the Home and Family Farm Pinot Noirs given the close proximity but very different soils.

After years of experimentation, we have learned that the Home Vineyard produces its best wine from 100% Whole Cluster fermentations and minimal new oak influence. This hands-off approach allows its layered, elegant earthy character to really shine.

Producer:
Vintage:
2016
Country:
United States
Region:
California
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Color:
Red

Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
93+
Date:
May 2018
Review:
The 2016 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard reveals a deep-pitched bouquet of plummy fruit, raw cocoa, potpourri, cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, tense and chalky, with a fine-grained but tight-knit chassis of tannins and a long, sappy finish. Vinified with 100% whole cluster, this is taut and structural right now, so plan on cellaring it for 5-6 years, perhaps longer, and following it for the subsequent 10-15 years.

Vinous Media

Score:
95
Date:
August 2017
Review:
One of the many highlights in this range, the 2016 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard is magnificent. Ample, broad and super-expressive, the Home is exceptionally polished. The 100% whole clusters are not at all noticeable. Instead, it is the wine's understatement and total sense of class that carry they day. Ideally, readers should plan on cellaring the Home for at least a few years. Even in the early going though, it is quite special.