Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Domestic Red Wines: Rhys Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Santa Cruz Mountains

  • Ian Cauble

When Kevin Harvey left the lucrative software industry, he set out to make the best wines the Santa Cruz Mountains could produce. All the stars aligned. Through aptly chosen clones, a cool climate, and precise winemaking, he produces remarkable Pinot Noir. His 2013 Swan Terrace displays incredible aromas of wild berries, forest floor, black tea, and luscious spices—a classic, intense Pinot Noir perfume that is typically found only in a Grand Cru Burgundy. 

  • The 1.5-acre Swan Terrace vineyard is about 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, just south of Half Moon Bay. 
  • Made using 100 percent whole clusters, the wine is aged in a combination of new and used French oak.
  • Winemaker Jeff Brinkman works closely with Kevin Harvey and vineyard manager Javier Tapia to pick the grapes at ideal ripeness, which generally keeps his wines between 12 and 13.5 percent alcohol. This bottling is 12.2 percent. 

Rhys Vineyards, rhysvineyards.com ($99)

From Around the Web...
Four Roses whiskey
An incredible, limited-edition debut from a new master distiller…
Shinji Fukuyo is the chief blender for Suntory
Suntory’s Shinji Fukuyo has made award-winning whiskies. Will Whiskey Toki be next?
We offer up six refreshingly different margarita recipes to help you celebrate the day…
Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel, 18-Liter Bottle
Wine collectors can bolster their Zinfandel holdings at the annual auction that begins this week…
Highland Park Ice Edition ($300)
This first in a series pays tribute to Scotland’s Norse heritage…
Seductive red wines sure to sweep your sweetheart of her (or his) feet…
Produced in a near perfect vintage, Ovid’s latest release of Hexameter, its poetic red blend, makes...
Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International
These are the perfect Valentine's Day cocktails to share with your special someone…
Discover how pét-nats can add sparkle to your Valentine’s toast this year…
This might be the finest Madeira-finished Scotch ever…