2016 Rhys Vineyards "Home Vineyard" San Mateo County Pinot Noir (750ml)

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96 points Jeb Dunnuck

The deeper colored 2016 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard is more fresh and focused, with a liquid rock-like minerality as well as lots of purple fruits, violets, and forest floor. Fermented with 100% whole clusters, this medium-bodied, elegant, yet tight, backward effort needs a solid 2-4 years of bottle age, and I suspect will have 10-15 years of prime drinking. (2/2019)

95 points Vinous

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. (AG) (8/2018)

93 points Wine Advocate

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. (WK) 93+  (5/2018)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

A cool and restrained but beautifully perfumed nose once again combines plenty of floral elements with those of pretty red berries, spice and a hint of anise. The mouth coating, vibrant and notably rich medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent volume along with focused power and punch on the complex, persistent and harmonious finish. The supporting tannins are sufficiently pliant that this should be a wine that can both drink well young but age effortlessly well too thanks to its impeccable balance.  (4/2019)

92 points John Gilman

The 2016 Home Vineyard bottling from Rhys is also a fine wine in the making, but this is a touch lower in alcohol than the Family Farm (12.3 percent) and is a bit more tightly-knit out of the blocks as a result. The bouquet is beautifully precise and nascently complex, wafting from the glass in a black fruity mix of cassis, dark berries, espresso, a hint of graphite, a lovely base of dark soil tones and a bit of bonfire in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure and still fairly primary, with lovely intensity of flavor, refined tannins, tangy acids and lovey focus and grip on the long and classy finish. While I would not feel guilty about drinking another bottle of Family Farm tomorrow, the Home Vineyard bottling in 2016 really deserves at least a few more years in the cellar to properly blossom. 92+ points (8/2018)