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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 2 
ProducerRhys Alesia (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSan Mateo County
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2013 (based on 27 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir San Mateo County on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 398 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rjoyer on 1/15/2015: I am convinced that this is the best Rhys pinot I've ever had, ironic that it would be declassified juice. Good core of red with a great balance of soil, structure and a dustiness to the fruit. Tasty stuff. No rush on these either. (792 views)
 Tasted by MikeATL on 11/27/2014 & rated 92 points: Bright juicy red fruit with a little tomato skin and spice, it picks up intensity through the middle with fine tannin and a hint of tart acidity primes the mouth for another sip. This is a really pretty wine in its prime time, almost irresistible. (847 views)
 Tasted by Mlermontov on 11/16/2014 & rated 90 points: Cherry, cola, earth... some spice in mid. Very CA but balanced and quite refreshing. Good fruit up front. Ready to go. Very nice wine (942 views)
 Tasted by rama on 8/24/2014: At the time of this writing, CT says 23% of these are still in cellars. Too bad, I think its past prime. (1272 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 7/13/2014 & rated 88 points: Getting Wine Geeky for the World Cup Final (Domaine Wine Storage, Chicago IL): Nose: Very pretty and balanced nose with Red fruits, red cherries, spice tones, plums, and some roses. There is a warmness to the tones with a more feminine style to them and medium depth.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity. The feel is more to the delicate and feminine side with red fruits, red cherries, spice notes, and some roses. The wine thins out slightly on the mid-palate, bu regains it on the finish.

Overall: This was my last bottle. This was also on straight pop and pour, and I wasn't able to really get back to it later in the day as it was drained fairly fast. (1181 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 7/13/2014 & rated 91 points: World Cup Final (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): Still a big fan of this wine. Love the elegance and complexity it had with layers of red fruit and soft floral accents. The mid palate had this awesome spicy note with a kick of acidity that created a really enjoyable package. I hadn't had this wine in about a year and it seems to consistently great. (1814 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 6/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice cherries and berries with a bit of earth underneath (1257 views)
 Tasted by rralls on 2/17/2014 & rated 92 points: I was disappointed with this wine upon first opening -- just seemed to be an ok but fairly flat and uninteresting wine. However, after about an hour of air, this evolved into a completely different wine with lovely aromatics and a solid pinot, especially given the price. I think this wine still has time left although this was sadly my last. (1867 views)
 Tasted by meatman on 12/16/2013 & rated 91 points: Best one yet. A great restrained pinot that just keeps going. Too bad it was my last one. (1572 views)
 Tasted by thomaskeil on 12/6/2013 & rated 91 points: PnP. Light, translucent violet-red. Found this 'lost' wine during cellar re-organization. What a treat. Gushes red berries, dark cherries and spice on nose. Palate features bright red fruit framed in acidity. Is both tart and silky. Nicely balanced. Spice notes add a little flavor complexity and as Nancy noted, it finishes with dirt (tannins and earthy notes, combined - she's not so fond, but I love). Fresh tasting and in a great place now. (1611 views)
 Tasted by fredb on 12/1/2013: Pale crimson color, moderate transparency. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, and earth. Palate has strawberry, cherry, raspberry, and some earthy elements with nice acidity that carries into a medium finish. Really pretty right now and hard to argue with drinking it up. Drink or hold. (1532 views)
 Tasted by fredb on 8/18/2013: Medium-dark red color with medium transparency. Black fruited nose with black cherry, blackberry, and some toasty notes. Palate is tart with black cherry and black raspberry and initially on the shy side. With a day open in the cellar, this opens to show more red fruit and mineral notes with cherry, strawberry, and some raspberry notes that carry into a medium finish. Seems to still be improving and opening up. Needs air now but fine to drink. (2112 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 7/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Another Friday Afternoon @ Domaine (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): I was a big fan of this. The fruit was spicy and rich but had great precision on the palate. Really nice depth too. I've had a bunch of Alesia's over the years and this was certainly one of the most impressive bottles. (2174 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 7/26/2013 & rated 90 points: A Friday Afternoon at Domaine (Domaine Wine Storage, Chicago IL): Nose: Nice and warm with balanced tones of red fruits, cherries, spice tones, roses, and some dark red berries. There is solid depth with everything melding well together.

Taste: Very pretty medium body with nice medium+ acidity. Very well balanced with silky tones of red fruits, cherries, spice tones, and some tart dark red berries.

Overall: This is very pretty and drinking perfectly. There is good balance to this with a nice tart quality to the fruit. (2136 views)
 Tasted by dougsmith on 6/16/2013 & rated 88 points: Medium ruby color. Intense, complex nose of wild red berries, spice, and earth notes. Medium bodied on the palate, good on the attack but the middle drops out. (1851 views)
 Tasted by rralls on 4/17/2013 & rated 92 points: Very solid wine drinking great right now. Outstanding value. (2040 views)
 Tasted by fredb on 3/13/2013: Medium cran-raspberry red color. Aromas of raspberry, cranberry, cherry, vanilla, and cinnamon. Palate follows the nose with raspberry, tart cherry, cranberry, lemon, and some vanilla elements that lead into a medium finish. There's enough acid here to keep this focused and provide a nice sipping experience. Seems to be gaining some more middle palate fruit after a period of being sort of closed down over the past few bottles/years. Prefer to the Sonoma Coast, Falstaff Road, and Green Valley offerings from 2006 at this point. Drink or hold. (1773 views)
 Tasted by jasonh on 12/18/2012 & rated 93 points: Another really nice 06 Cali. These wines are seem to be starting to show really well. I have been unsure about the vintage although I have always enjoyed this wine but even the San Mateo is showing nice improvement. The wine is dropping some of the heavy richness that was there before. Showing cleaner berry flavors mixed with spice. Maybe because of the price, I kept pulling the trigger on this. Should have held them all. Drinking really well now but seems fine to hold for a while. (2139 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 11/13/2012: I waited a year between this bottle and the last, to see how the wine might age. The additional year has softened the wine. The acidity and pine notes that helped frame the edges last year are less prominent and now the wine is a bit more sweeter in tone, with the same lovely strawberry from the last bottle, although this time a distinct plum flesh note is in the fruit, too. There's also a bit of a red apple texture, much like what I might find from the Anderson Valley's Deep End. The sum experience of all this is a mainly sexy red fruited wine, that has some creamy edges and acid, a piney/clovey, 5-spice note, and that is in my idea close to peak and should hold another year for optimum drinking. In fact, the flavors showing in this wine would be a great Thanksgiving pair--think stuffing, cranberry and brown spices. These would sing with this wine's flavors. (2600 views)
 Tasted by meatman on 10/30/2012 & rated 88 points: Had it one day after the 06 Alesia SC pinot and it just couldn't compete. Was still a nice pinot...definitely lighter in scale than the SC, but had some bitterness on the finish. Will drink my last bottle of this soon. (2167 views)
 Tasted by DavidDay on 10/22/2012 & rated 90 points: Velvety texture, complex nose, nice bottle of wine. (2024 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 10/21/2012 & rated 88 points: The nose the beautiful, showing ripe strawberry, hints of undergrowth, spice, stone and herbs. On the palate it was soft and juicy with red berry fruits and finished clean, dry and short. (2138 views)
 Tasted by joe d on 10/11/2012 & rated 85 points: This showed similarly to the last bottle from a few months ago. Spicy fruit, medium body, and acidity that really completes the package. Nice wine. My discrete CT scale: 95-extraordinary; 90-very good; 85-good; 80-fair; 75-poor (1732 views)
 Tasted by DavidDay on 9/18/2012 & rated 90 points: With time, this wine opens up and is pretty tasty, nice velvety texture (1715 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 9/10/2012: 13.8% alcohol. Just trucking along. A light, elegant Pinot with real substance behind it. Delightful fruit profile. It's fully ready to drink now, but it might be interesting to see what secondary characteristics come about in the next few years. A- (1536 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2008, Issue #32
(Alesia Vineyards Pinot Noir San Mateo County Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/14/2009)
(Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir San Mateo County) Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; black cherry, beets nose; delicious, silky textured, balanced, tart cherry, red fruit, strawberry, raspberry palate with minerality; medium finish 91+ pts.  91 points
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Rhys Alesia

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2006 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir San Mateo County

Winery Note: January 2009: Delicious and accessible now but will improve. Drink/Hold.
"…This wine is characterized by a spicy nose or earth, forest floor, and red fruit. The palate has a very nicely balanced, light to medium bodied earthy sweet cherry fruit with a very silky texture and acidity that will complement a wide range of food…a compelling value" Made with all Family Farm grapes which were declassified."

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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