Epiphany is proud to be the NC distributor for Rhys Vineyards. These wines are the epitome of what Pinot Noir and Chardonnay should look like from the New World.
The winery was started up 15 years ago in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California by Kevin Harvey. The focus is on estate vineyards that have the right combination of climate soil and sunshine. So much so that all the vineyards were planted to spots that Harvey had identified himself. Recently they have expanded into the Anderson Valley with the development of the Bearwallow vineyard. There is no purchased fruit and the vineyards are all dry farmed to Bio dynamic standards. The wines are made with no additions of acid, water, tannins, yeasts or anything else but a little sulfur. Fruit is not crushed even for de-stemmed lots. One or two ton fermenters, a mix of oak and steel are used. The cold soak starts at 50 degrees F for five days, gradually ramp up of temp, mid-70’sF ferment temp, peaks at 85-88 degrees F. All foot trod, twice a day down to 5 Brix and then once a day to dryness. Once fermentation is complete, it is left on skins after 10-14 days, pressed off into barrel with fine and gross lees, for 12 months. It is then racked off the lees in tank to put blends together. The blends are assembled and put back into barrel, then bottled after 17-18 months total elevage. The results are wines that have purity of fruit, minerality and the delicate balance between complex elegance and structure. The wine and sommelier community and the critics agree (something that almost never happens) that this property is producing some of the most compelling examples of Pinot Noir in the world. You don’t have to look far to find them being compared to the great Grand Cru wines of Burgundy.
We are pleased to offer these limited wines. Please feel free to contact your Epiphany Rep with any questions you may have.