2013 Rhys Vineyards "Skyline Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah (750ml)

2013 Rhys Vineyards "Skyline Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah (750ml)

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95 points John Gilman
Interestingly, the 2013 Skyline Vineyard bottling of Syrah from Rhys is lower in octane than both the 2013 Horseshoe and the 2012 version from this vineyard, as this comes in at a very civilized 13.1 percent alcohol. The bouquet is ripe, but very pure, wafting from the glass in an impressively complex constellation of sweet dark berries, cassis, grilled meats, a touch of black olive, lavender, eucalyptus, lovely minerality, just a dollop of new wood and a topnote of black licorice. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with ripe, chewy tannins, great depth at the core, bright acids and fine focus and grip on the long and youthful finish. The backend vibrancy here is outstanding, and with sufficient bottle age, this is going to be a brilliant wine. (7/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The inky colored 2013 Syrah Skyline Vineyard is another northern Rhône look-alike that offers terrific notes of black and blue fruits, olive tapenade, bacon fat and smoked meats. Backwards, unevolved and concentrated, yet with beautiful fruit, it needs short-term cellaring … (JD) 93+ (10/2016)

93 points Vinous
Sadly, the Syrah Skyline Vineyard has run its course, as 2013 is the last vintage. Inky blue and purplish stone fruits, spice, licorice and mint are all nicely pushed forward. The 2013 needs time to develop its aromatics. Today, the Skyline is mostly about fruit. Silky and pliant, the 2013 needs time to be at its very best, even if it drinks well young. This is an especially understated, polished Syrah from Rhys. (AG) (7/2016)