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Rhys Vineyards Rhys Swan Terrace Pinot Noir 2008

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Winemaker Notes

An elegant and sophisticated Pinot Noir. The east facing, 1.5 acre, terraced section of Rhys' Alpine Vineyard produces a unique wine that is very different from the south facing slopes that contribute to the winery's Alpine Vineyard bottling.

Notes from Rhys after tasting in January 2015: Beginning to drink beautifully. Can be opened now but hold to see its best. Drink/Hold.

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The 2008 Pinot Noir Swan Terrace (100 cases) possesses abundant amounts of fresh red currant, pomegranate, and floral aromas as well as a distinct earthy, mineral-like component. The least evolved of these wines, it reveals a certain austerity along with good weight, a firm, Burgundian style, crisp acidity, and admirable depth as well as richness. Purchasers will have to exercise discipline as well as patience.

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At Rhys Vineyards we aspire to make great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from some of California’s most unique and expressive vineyards. This pursuit has led us to search the state for exciting rocky soils that exist within the mountainous, cool, Coastal climate zone. Over the last 15 years we have developed seven estate vineyards, six in the Santa Cruz Mountains and one in Anderson Valley, each of which is capable of producing uniquely compelling, distinctive, soil driven wine.

Their overriding belief that unique vineyard expression is the key to truly great wine leads them to an approach that includes: 1. A relentless, spare-no-expense, focus on producing the best possible fruit in the vineyard; 2. Carefully selected cool weather sites that offer interesting and expressive soil character; 3. Natural winemaking with minimal intervention. These core tenets help produce age-worthy wines that emphasize vineyard expression, balance, fresh fruit, and concentration.

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A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, to the northern border of Monterey County. Elevations range from 800 feet to upwards of 3,000 and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lie; cool ocean winds and fog play an important role here. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for balanced acidity levels, often showing great aging potential. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, while Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.

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