2013 Rhys Family Farm Vineyard Sant Mateo County Pinot Noir


2013 Rhys Family Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: San Mateo County
Recommendation: Drink/Hold

June, 2016: The recent vintages of Family Farm show the benefit of our continued evaluation of clone and rootstock combinations. Since 2007, fully half of the Family Farm Vineyard has been either replanted or regrafted to material that better reflects the site characteristics we love. The 2013 shows these characteristics in spades, with enchanting floral and black cherry aromas with a deeply-pitched core of truffle and earth. Always a favorite for its ability to drink well young yet age effortlessly, and 2013 vintage is among the very best we’ve produced. Drink/Hold.

Family Farm Vineyard is the result of special partnership between neighbors. Realizing the potential of its loamy clay soil and eastern aspect, in 2002 the Sletten, Martin, Sullivan and Harvey families decided to convert this former Christmas tree farm into a vineyard. The weather is very similar to our Home Vineyard, while the alluvial sand and clay soils are unique. Like many of the best vineyards in Burgundy, the East-facing aspect shelters the vines from the warmer afternoon sun, allowing the grapes to retain freshness and aromatic dimension.

Family Farm wines are powerful yet elegant with red and black fruit, and a distinctive stalky complexity that becomes integrated and floral with age. While they are typically charming and forward on release, they also age extremely well. The first vintage, 2004, has only recently reached full maturity.

Elevation: 400'
Soil: Alluvial Clay Loam
Geology: Decomposed Butano Sandstone
Clones: 115, Pommard, Swan and 8 different “Suitcase” clones

93 points Vinous: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard comes across as dense, powerful and meaty, with notable intensity and a huge center of fruit, much of that an expression of these clay-rich soils. Smoke, game, dried flowers, tobacco and licorice add nuance as this virile, imposing Pinot shows off its personality. Hints of game and chalkiness impart a Volnay-like edge to the finish. There is a generosity to the 2013 that is impossible to miss. (AG)" (07/2015)

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