Surprisingly youthful, but from the glacial cellar that should probably be expected. There is plenty of raspberry fruit and just the beginnings of more developed, forest floor aromas. On the palate it's still quite bright, and even less developed than in the aromatics. Having lost at least some of its youthful fruit there is now a little bit of tannin poking through, just enough that it balances the fruit. I very much enjoyed drinking this, but I can't help wondering what might have been in another five years.
Black cherries, cocoa powder, smoke, plum, wet earth, a hint of cola, and some forest vegetation on the nose. Black cherries, plums, black raspberries, vanilla, and earth on the palate. Decent acidity, integrated tannins, longish vanilla finish. Flirts a bit with heat. Nice bottle. I really enjoyed this over Thanksgiving dinner.
PnP (quite open aromatically on popping so no decant, whiff of VA vanished quickly). Similar to bottle from about a year ago in terms of structure (i.e., well balanced), but this bottle seems to be showing more secondary flavors, even hints at tertiary. Well timed as my last bottle and makes me look forward to the new 2011s I just ordered; planning another 8 yr run.
Nice nose of strawberry, black cherry, damp earth, smoke, plum, a little forest vegetation, brown sugar, and a hint of cedar at times. Sweet plum, black cherry, spice, earth, black raspberry, and a little cranberry. Shows a little alcohol as it warms up. Fair acidity, initial impression of sweetness, decent finish, slight bitterness at the end, integrated tannins. Overall, I liked this but with some reservations. It needs to be served fairly cold due to slight heat, the palate seemed a bit candied at first and a bit bitter at the end, and lack of acidity might make it seem a bit flabby to some people. That said, it paired nicely with big flavored food. Probably wouldn't buy again, but I'm happy to have another bottle.
Pretty nice Sonoma Pinot after all is said and done. Not spectacular and I bet there are still some flawed bottles out there but this one was pretty good. Showed it's alcohol a bit much but it has a nice complex and lean character.
It's been nearly two years since I last had this wine, and time has been kind to it. The fruit has developed a smoky, earthy edge, and the overall palate impression has mellowed and become very rounded, with only a little kick of acidity on the finish. There's still quite a lot of fruit through to the finish. No danger of imminent collapse here, but I certainly see no reason to hold longer. It is drinking very, very well.
Medium-dark red color with limited transparency and some thinning at the rim. Aromas of smoke, plum, cherry, cola, and blackberry pie filling. Palate shows somewhat muddled red and black fruit flavors with some smoke, plum, and vanilla sweetness that carries into a medium finish. There's a sweet and flabby persona present in this bottle, but ultimately I enjoyed it for what it is. Lacks precision at this time and not sure if that comes into better focus as this ages. Drink up.
Nice red raspberry & dark cherry wrapped around a mineral core. Nose added a spice element that showed back up on the finish. Slightly sappy flavors, but with a complimentary structure that kept it balanced. Very nice length. Has 2-3 years to go.
Punching well above it's weight! Great complex nose of cranberry, black cherry, stems and a hint of barnyard funk. Palate is juicy and bright with a solid core of cherry fruit. Good persistence and depth across the palate. Well balanced and not over done in any way.
This was showing tremendously well, with rich powerful fruit and varietally correct weight. The strawberry and raspberry nose is backed by brambly herbaceousness that I'd guess is imparted by some amount of stem inclusion [but don't know for sure]. On the palate, ample orange peel flavors intermingle nicely with somewhat-chalky tannins. Finish goes on for a while and the wine is enjoyable immediately upon opening. I'm liking these Alesia bottlings more than the proper Rhys labeled wines I've tried so far.
Medium-dark red color with moderate transparency. Aromas of cherry, vanilla, sweet cinnamon, blackberry, and a hint of plum. Flavors follow the nose, with sweet blackberry and cherry elements dominating the flavor profile. The spice and plum notes add some depth. This drinks consistently with recollection of the last bottle (about a year ago). Holding well. Drink or hold.
Very good bottle. Popped and poured. Deep red, funky cherries on the nose with a nice floral lift, solid palate with cherries and spices, quite seamless with well integreted acidity. Mediium finish is savory and refreshing. Probably the best bottle of this to date. Very enjoyable, and paired very well with the mushroom primavera gnocchi.
Finished my last bottle over dinner with several people enjoying the bottle. It went fast and there was none left for the next day. Still good acid and not overdone. Unfortunately, did not take notes but my recall of this was positive and the wine showed well.
Nice cherry fruit that briefly gives an impression of tart red raspberry before the acid carries the cranberry in to refresh. That typical pinot woody/funky earthiness is present but along side the fruit. This has shed all the baby fat and is lean and focused, with a subdued background of somewhat chalky minerality. Day two under vacu-vin at room temp- Interesting how the components shift around. The fruit is sweeter but less delineated although still red, the pinot earth tone is very subdued but very complimentary and was replaced by an increase in some lovely baking spice. There is just a hint of heat showing, but it has become very smooth. In some ways better depending on preference. Impressive winemaking to get that kind of harmony over 2 days at this level. 88-89.
Quick TN. Found 4 bottles of this and some other Alesia and Rhys while moving boxes in the cellar. Popped and poured. This picks up where my last bottle left off a year and a half againl. Still showing darker cherry fruit and spices, but almost a savory quality. My wife and I drained this bottle in near record time, I think, so not a lot of time to analyze it. But it has to be one of the best QPRs in my cellar at release price.
LIght ruby color. Nice aromatics of cherries, spices n earth. Palate of cherries and some asian spices with some nice acidity. Very good structure on this wine, held up some well against a mildly spicy chicken dish. It mellowed a bit as the night wore on, in a good way. Very nice bottle, glad I have another.
14.1% alcohol. Drinking very well. Black cherry color. Showing more black cherry and blackberry on the nose, with the stems receding but still lightly present. In the mouth, very nice earthy complements to the black cherry fruit. Remains structured but very smooth. The acidity isn't out of line, and the finish is open-knit. A-
Good showing. Opened up nicely with cherries and roses. Fruity and slightly candied on the palate, with sweet cherries and a decent dose of earth. Finish is long and spicy. It was good to go an hour after opening and we enjoyed it over a few hours with dinner. Drink or keep.
Pop and pour - note after 2 hours. Cherries, strawberries and forest floor on the nose. This did improve with air. Nice balance of fruits and minerals. Drinking well now, but will last for many more year
Beautiful pinot aromatics, really like the nose -- classic Pinot profile. Great fruit, classic Pinot flavor profile as well (bright cherry fruit with some tobacco leaf, earth, anise...). Soft, but solid acidity. This is in a really good place right now. Really enjoyed this...
Excellent bing cherry and raspberry fruit. Somewhat effusive, but just when you think it teeters toward overdone, balance reigns in a big way. Day 2 it mellows out and gains a distinct cinnamon bark note. Better on day one, solid wine. Drink now.
Pop and pour. Intoxicating nose of raspberries and cinnamon bark. I favor heavier pinots than many so wasn't sure I'd enjoy this based on what I've heard about Rhys but it's fantastic. Initially a touch of cola that went away very fast. There's plenty of raspberry that fades to tart cherries and fantastic earthiness. The acidity is plenty present but complements the fruit wonderfully. The finish is intensely long and interesting with baking chocolate, black cherries and soil. Fantastic wine!
Decanted for an hour or so before enjoying with our grilled salmon. Getting alot of citrus, a bit of orange, along with red fruits. An interesting contrast to the Bedrock Rebecca's that preceded this bottle. The crowd favored the more full-fruited Bedrock, though this seemed to develop more weight with time and air. Another excellent Alesia pinot.
So since I never got around to open this for the cross continental comparison at work, I decided to open for a copper river salmon. On opening it was juicy, simple, and a tad hot. It took it about two hours to gather itself, and then showed more funk and earth. Overall fruity, light, cherry driven nose (with funk) but rather simple. Had to chill to get the alcohol in check. Not the best showing.
I keep checking in on these wines, to see how they are changing, and sixteen months has allowed for significant improvement. I really enjoyed the aromatics here with bright red fruit leading to a combo pine/orange rind sensation. With more time I lost that pine note, and definitely picked up a cedar/vanilla note instead.
My first glass made me think of cranberry juice cocktail, you know from oceanspray. The wine all came together with great finishing acid, and again a subtle citrus/marmalade like finish. One thing I have noted with most of the Rhys Alesia wines I have had, after 2 hours or so the wine seems to change significantly; by taking on more "depth"? I am not sure if that is the correct term, but some of the bright, fresh aspects of the wine, become heavier with raspberry and plum notes taking over, and some of the acid taking a lesser role on the palate. As I write this, I am wondering if this is a real thing, or just one of the effects of alcohol? Very enjoyable wine, I will try to hold off another 18-24 months.
Dark red color with limited transparency. Aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, blackberry, black cherry, and cola. Black cherry, black tea, cinnamon, and vanilla dominate the palate with some plum showing up in a medium-long finish. Drinking well now and structurally sound. Should hold; not certain about improvement potential as this seems to be a wine more about the now than the later. Drink or hold.
Wonderful nose of fruit and vanilla. Very light bodied with a ton of minerality. Notes of cherries and a bit of acid on a medium length finish. Interesting evolution over three days. Very good on the first day, somewhat less pleasant on the second, and drank the best on the third day.
14.1% alcohol. Broken cork so, by necessity, decanted. Dark cherry color. Pretty nose of dark cherry, blackberry, stems, and earth. In the mouth, this is showing a plush texture that has integrated quite a bit in the past year. The fruit is dark cherry, never without a stemmy note far from its side. Spice and earth notes mingle nicely with the pronounced acidity. The long finish is caressing and enjoyable. In a good place, but this will benefit more from further bottle age compared to the San Mateo. A-
One year in between bottles, the one for this note open a full 24 hours. Very interesting pinot, shows in some respects similar to the last bottle, melding some old and new world. For the old world side, herb, sour cherry, black tea, orange zest and soil notes, much like drinking a burgundy. To the new world side, some root beer, blue fruit and dark color. For me at this point, though, the old world side is much more prominent and I wonder if this would fool some burgundy drinkers blind. Finishes a bit tart with a good dollop of soil notes and truffle. Drink now or hold. I have one bottle left and for kicks, will drink the next one in 2012 to see how this wine evolves.
Mixed dark fruit, dusty cherry, roots, roses. A lot of stemminess on the palate, right now sticking out too much, but appealing and will probably integrate in time. Overall somewhat volatile right now, flat at first, then lively, sometimes sour; I had to play with the temp a lot to keep it in a decent place. Forgivably obstreperous.
Compared to a 2005 Girardin Savigny Serpentieres opened earlier this evening, this is much fuller, more earthy, and more sour. Thankfully, the sour note fades with air (I popped and poured the first glass), as tonight I find it a bit overpowering, at least initially. It was an interesting juxtaposition tonight. I normally find the Alesia Sonoma Coast to be reserved, light and well behaved when compared to its peers. But on the heels of the Savigny, it came across a bit clumsy.
Medium-dark red color. Aromas of black cherry, smoky plum, and a hint of allspice. On the palate, this is ripe, round, with dark red fruits and plum notes with a medium-long cherry and black tea finish. As a cocktail party wine, this was well placed with a spread of finger foods and appetizers. Drink or hold.
A tale of two wines just about sums this up. Day one, I found this to be a bit disjointed with rough edges and not all that fun or interesting. But, the nose was fantastic, draws you in with earth and stem notes. Day two, pulled it out of the cellar and let it sit on the counter open for a few hours. First 1/2 glass was more of the same, then bam, it changed. Different from previous bottles where the fruit was juicy and lively, this is much more about texture. Pure velvet that seems to have a touch of viscosity/weight. The tannins are round and smooth and add a hint of grip. Fruit is more subdued, more in the dark red spectrum with a baking spice finish that lingers. I am really curious to see where this goes from here, but it seems like it's best days are still ahead. Hold or drink with extended air time.
My first one of these. Good nose of ripe red fruits with some cola and spice. Elegant palate of ripe cherry and strawberry with just enough acidity, spice and tartness on the finish. Nicely balanced, midweight pinot in a good spot.
Surprisingly delicate, which is another way of saying it was too light for a ribeye roast. I would drink it with chicken, pork, or even salmon next time. It was very nice though. It has nice rose petal, tea, and queen anne cherry flavors complented with residual oak. Nicely balanced but I think it is beginning to fade so drink it up.
I misunderestimated this wine my first time around. It has developed very well in the last 18 months. Lovely aromas of herbal/sassafras/root beer (but not at all the overblow CA cola thing) and fresh dark cherry fruit. The palate is bright and lively (for a North Coast Pinot), but with plenty of New World fruit to complement it. The finish takes on a savory flavor and leaves with a refreshing snap. Some fine-grained tannin makes an appearance as well. This could certainly develop with more time, but it's drinking great right now.
Broke this out for a non-special occassion dinner with the spouse. Decanted an hour ahead of time. Nose was intense and beautiful but the palate fell short. Three hours later it began to loosen up and turned out to be extremely enjoyable. Although dinner was finished I thoroughly enjoyed this by itself the rest of the evening. You'll be rewarded if you give this several hours of decant time before consuming.
Started out a bit dull but improved over the course of the evening. Blackberries, plums and some smoky notes on the nose. The palate is also dark-fruited, with some chewy tannins. Touch of heat on the finish.
Nice nose of strawberry and cranberry. A bit of grilled notes on nose as well. Medium mouthfeel with vibrant cherry, rhubarb, cranberry and some strawberry. Solid acidity, finishes a little tight and tart.
Much better than my last bottle a little over a year ago (and that one wasn't bad). On the nose, red berries, baking spice, and still a little heat. In the mouth, great balance of fruit, acid, and minerality.
There are some strange notes on this wine. Digging through the last 6 months of notes the only ones that I really agree with are from tasters that I know. Typical SC nose of red fruits, damp earth and a piney forest floor. The palate is dominated with tart cherry, red apple, cranberry, and a nice earthy mushroomy flavor that leads into a more piney finish. The WC that this showed early in it's life is pretty much fully resolved at this point and couldn't be drinking any better. I say if you've got these they're ready to go.
This is drinking very nicely, though initially the alcohol does show through a bit on both the nose and palate. Loads of deep red fruit with some spice. Palate is balanced, juicy acidity, strawberry fruit which is quite ripe but avoids going to the jammy side. Over the course of a couple of hours this wine does nothing but get better, with a solid mineral core developing, though still playing second fiddle to the very nice fruit. I'll hang on to the magnum for a couple of years.
Dark red color, nearly opaque. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, a hint of plum, and a hint of allspice. On the palate, this is a bit clunky right now with the blackberry and black cherry fruit dominating any structural elements, making this seem a bit clumsy, particularly with richer food (served with rare duck breast with crisped fat). Seemed lacking in acid after two low-dosage Champagnes. Still a fine enough wine for the price, but I expect improvement as this develops some layers of additional flavor and the fore elements take their place in the orchestra. Drink with decanting or hold.
After a short decant, aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, cherry, what reminds me of a wet wood pile, mushroomy forest floor, cola, a hint of oak. Really big aromas (don't need to put your nose that close to the glass to get them). Focused cherry, cranberry, vanilla, and spice with quite a bit of acidity. Nice balance. Great aftertaste. It does come across a bit austere at the finish, which is a little annoying, and the alcohol shows through a bit. Also, there's a little stemmy bitterness at the finish that is sort of a turn-off. These wines need a lot of air, and additional air improved the focus, but not the finish. The next day, the profile was a little more classic CA pinot (black cherry, forest floor, oak). Overall, while tasty and high quality, this is a little disappointing at this point, especially after having the San Mateo and the Fairview Ranch Syrah, which were excellent. I wouldn't call this a qpr either, since you can find 2007 Oregon pinots with a similar profile for much less. That said, I liked this wine, and I'll open another after they age a little longer.
14.1% ABV. Popped this with the intention of following it for a couple days. First impression - cloudy translucent light garnet with a hint of tawny. Earthy black cherry nose. Complex and sophisticated smelling. Tangy black cherry attack with some stemmy tannin mid-palate. Medium bodied, nicely balanced. Day two, this had not changed noticeably.
14.1% alcohol. This remains in a very good place right now. Dark red color, with a pretty bouquet of black cherry, stems, and spice. The whole cluster is noticeable but receding from previous bottles. In the mouth, surprisingly plush and velvety. The red and black cherry fruit coats the palate, with impeccable balance and loads of complexity. The acidity is refined, adding to the elegance of the wine. Terrific finish. A-
14.1% alcohol. Medium dark ruby red. Very expressive red fruit aromas. Bright, pure, concentrated cherry and rasberries on the palate. Hints of spice and herbs. Very well balanced, lingering aftertaste. Nice work by the Rhys crew!
Very good bottle. Had it with mozzarella and roasted crimini mushroom neapolitan pizza. Great combination. The Alesia had spicy nose mixed with some smoky vanilla, awesome nose. Good balance of fruit and acidity with a well defined mouthfeel. Long finish.
Right now this wine does not make a compelling argument for drinking. It could just be closed down now because there does seem to be some underlying blackberry compote with a dash of asian spice struggling to emerge unlike the San Mateo which just seems dried out (well, frankly, teminal.)
Consumed over three nights. Moderately dark for a pinot. Nice nose of mixed fruit and herb. Light tannins, some acidity. Decent complexity, maybe a little muddy. Medium-short finish. A nice wine, but not exciting.
I think Rhys is a great introduction to the impact of whole cluster vinification. Less fruit and more complexity that your typical Cali pinot.
Better than the last bottle I had. Decanted for an hour and drank over 4 hours. Paired wonderfully with tuna steak and green beans - definitely a food wine. The nose went back and forth - one minute it would be a light fruit/cherry nose and the next minute it would be more earthy. This is light-bodied, almost weightless. Very nice, well made and had it been a little more complex it would have warranted a bigger score.
Decanted about an hour. Light ruby color, a little cloudy. Nose of red fruit, strawberry and cherry, with some vanilla, and brown spices. Simialr fruit on the palate, nice weight, baking space and vanilla flavors on the midpalate and finish, very silky and smooth. This confirms for me that my other bottle was flawed in some way, this was nothing like it.
Real nice evolution on this wine since the last time I opened one last May (09). The best way to describe this is an overlay of some new world style on top of an older world core. The former shows in some vanilla, some nice texture and medium ripeness that lays over the latter, which is sour cherry, cranberry some nice mineral and a very good match to the sea bass I had with it. Look forward to trying the other 1/2 of the bottle tomorrow.......a final note on the wine as I enjoy it a full day later, there is the emergence of a red apple, to join the cranberry and sour cherry. This wine pleases me because it speaks in both the new and the old camps, having enough austerity and red fruits to show some old world notes but also some texture and ripeness to show CA, too. Regarding a drink window, there is enough structure to let this wine settle for another year or two but I think it drinks fine now and the juxtaposition of the two styles I mention works well now.
Clearish pink rim to light pomegranate core. Nose is a bit shut down at this point, with confected notes of strawberry showing. Flavors of strawberry, cranberry, and brown spice, with medium acidity, medium-minus tannins a long, 45 second finish with good acidic tang. Drink or hold 3-5 years.
Pop and pour. This is medium red in color; the nose at first is earthy with obvious cranberry and cherry notes. The fruit grew in intensity over the course of the first hour and then I could pick out baking spices with a hint of pepper. It was quite nice. On the palate the wine was full of bright red fruit with sweet cherry and sour cranberry components mixing well. At this point the alcohol is coming through in the mid-palate along with mild ripe tannic notes. This lead into a long finish with distinct cedar/caramel notes.
At the point that this was open 3 hours, I noticed a distinct change. While the nose still had the red fruit and baking spice component, there was a woody/cedar aspect to the nose. This lead to a significant change on the palate, strawberries and cream, which was pretty intense.
The wine always had great viscosity, and I found the acidity well balanced. Unfortunately, I could never get over the mid-palate harshness from the alcohol which never went away.
Decanted 1 hr. Medium dark red, nicely perfumed with red fruit, earth, and some flowers; excellent texture, very silky and smooth, filled with fruit and very good acidity that keeps it fresh; medium finish with interesting savory notes. Held up a few hours, but wasn't as good in day2. Well done!
Dark red color. Aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, a hint of plum, and some cinnamon and allspice. On the palate, this is dense with ripe, almost candied red and black fruits. Floral and spice notes exist behind the fruit, but this is still a big bowl of red tending toward black fruits. Easy to drink now. Drink or hold.
Holiday catch up: Not quite as good as the last two I've opened. Missing that little something extra on the fruit and texture. Lost interest in drinking it on the second night. I'm chalking it up to a little bottle variation or taster variation.
Aromatic and interesting nose has cranberries with a distinct and pleasant earth / herbs / funk note. Palate is medium bodied with bright, sweet cranberry and sour cherry fruit. Crisp acidity provides lift and freshness throughout. An elegant, warm spice and cherry cough drop finish. Prior CT comments that call this wine elegant and showing finesse are right on.
Fresh cherry and raspberry n the seductively spicey nose. Bright, vibrant and silky flavors of sour cherry, raspberry, mineral and underbrush. Sappy fruit and lowish tannins make this very approachable now, but has the depth to support some aging. Really well balanced, if not super complex. Drink now-2015. 90 pts.
Note from last glass after 24 hours in the decanter. Medium-ruby in color. Strawberries and raspberries on the nose. Nice minerality and acidity. Plum, earth, spice and raspberry on the palate. This picked up more on the mid-palate overnight.
PnP. Ruby red. Medium low intensity aromas of dark cherry, red berries, funk, herby/stems and spice. Got the sense that his is holding back (i.e., more to come). Palate enters with focused medium intensity fruit, a little edgy tannin and consistently pleasant acidity from beginning to end. Medium complexity and some finesse. I was struck by the texture being so different from the sweet fleshy Siduris (also this week), leaning towards a more taut platform that allowed the spice, earth, herbs to express in the midpalate and finish. Still, the Tiger Woods in me slightly preferred the Keefer this week, but this has upside.
Soft ruby red with light purple that fades at the rim. Very pure and layered on the nose with several different thing going on. Berry, spice, loam, flowers, wild cherry, clove, watermelon. The palate offers loads of fruit with certain stem undertones, fresh acidity, plenty of grip, and slight astringency. With air there is a gorgeous soft mineral expression that gives beautiful elegance to the firm structure. Very pure and not at all blowsy or alcoholic, this should really open up with time in the cellar and I expect some complexity to pop as well. 91+
14.1% ABV. Popped and poured, pretty much right off the delivery truck. Translucent ruby garnet in the glass. On the nose, this was showing brown spices, earth, loam, and some cola. Surprisingly complex nose for an inexpensive Pinot. Medium bodied, somewhat taut with cherry cranberry fruit flavors and a nice balance of sweet and savory. On the elegant, restrained side of New World Pinot. I heard a lot of good things about this producer, but was afraid I would not enjoy the style. I was wrong, this is pretty good.
14.1% alcohol. Opened two hours before drinking but not decanted. Gorgeous nose of red and black cherry, stems, a light spice note, minerals, and a touch of herbs. In the mouth, vibrant and structured, with tremendous fruit, elegance, and balance. Youthful and still pretty tightly wound, this is still showing well. The fruit is pure and delightful, with layers of complexity that are highly enjoyable and underscore the years of life that lie ahead of this wine. Long finish with some tannin. A-
Did a pop and pour. Nice earthy and spicy nose; some cherries and raspberries. Color - a light ruby. Nice cherry and some candied strawberry notes but with good acidity and some woodsy elements and spice to keep the candied aspect in balance. Got a good beat and I can dance to it: I give it a 90.
decanted for 2 hours. Initial nose of baking spice /cola... drinking I found some nice red berry with a bit of evergreen, a bit short on the finish, but my sinuses are a bit stuffed to be fair.. so no points
Pale ruby color. Just a lovely nose, in need of more bottle age to really open, but slightly earthy, slightly gamey with some floral notes and most of all cherries. Very pretty and intriguing. The palate was cherries, powdered cherries and just a bit candied. Quite smooth and I think a couple more years in the cellar brings out some complexities. Fun to drink now though. 50+4+13+16+7=90
Anniversary Weekend - 2009; 10/2/2009-10/4/2009 (Minnesota): Compared to the 2007 Roessler last night, this one is much more in the wheelhouse for me. Not getting the "sour" from the last outing. Rather the palate is highlighted by a medium body with a noticeable resin character that takes a long time to fade on the finish. Again, some pleasant stems are also there. I really, really like this and was tempted to rate this higher. However, with some air it develops a bit of a harshness on the finish that keeps my score where it is. Also (and my fault rather than the wine's), this did not pair particularly well with G's pork tenderloin with pancetta, cilantro, etc.
This was a delightful bottle of wine.....medium bodied, lighter in color, bunches of cherries with herbs and some earthiness plus some layering and good acidity on the finish...Chambolle-like to me. It's made to drink now.
My second go-around with this wine and better than the first. Bright red cherries, noticeable stemminess, a little minerality. Balanced, firm and pleasant, for my taste still not as good as the 2006 San Mateo.
At first I enjoyed the cherry cola carmel candy nose (like a diamond almost) but after awhile the wine became tiresome with too much sweet oak. Overripe grapes and expensive (expansive?) oak are the curse of caliwines. It showed nice fruit underneath the tannin and wood so I'll wait 6-12 months before trying again.
A surprisingly open nose of red raspberry, plum skin, graham cracker and a little damp earth. The palate tightens things up with the addition of apple peel and brighter red berry. The finish shows strong acids and good length but is a little light on fruit and texture. Over a couple of hours the earthiness transformed into a dusty campfire note and the palate softened a little, revealing a dark, herbal, peppery spice. Very nice but needs another 2-3 years.
Consistent with previous note in March. A lovely Sonoma Coast Pinot nose is followed by a balanced, elegant, but not wimpy palate, albeit one that stays within a moderate range of flavors with a moderate finish. In other words, exactly the kind of bottle you hope for from a appellation level wine: drinkable now, drinkable for a few years, with a decent QPR. I never for a moment considered a score less than 90 or over 92. It is what I think it was meant to be, and that's a good thing.
To quote the wife: "This is an insanely good wine." Very elegant and well balanced. Got some more pronounced cherry flavors in day 2 which we enjoyed. Looking forward to the remaining 3 bottles about every 6 months.
On the nose, nice fruit with a slightly sour backdrop, along with an earthiness in the background. On the palate, it changes quite a bit over time. Opens up nicely balanced and good depth initially, and then fades fairly quickly in the glass becoming a tad thinner than I prefer. A couple hours later, it opens back up into a very elegant style, with notes of resin and stems adding complexity to a very pure fruit. Slightly tannic on the finish. All in all, I think this one could use a couple of years. I also think WS underestimated its drinking window. I think this will last longer than 2011.
I just don't have the will power to not drink this stuff. And I do not usually drink an entire bottle on a weekday, but "poof" - it's all gone now. IMHO there is no better pinot that you can get under $30 than the pinots from Rhys Alesia. Very burgundy in style - I am committed to getting a case of the 07's when they are for sale next month. This is better than the entry level Domain Drouhin which sells for 20-30% more when it is on sale. Kevin Harvey is the MAN, and get on the mailing list NOW for the higher end Rhys wines.
clearly the big brother of the san mateo. More masculine in every way. More cola and spice on the nose and more full bodied. this will grow up into a nice wine. give it 2 years (yeh right). 86
1 hour later. Wow. this spread its wings. much more vocal, much more flashy and much more....? can't put my finger on it. this, for the price is about as good as it gets. a solid b++ upgrading a few points. 89
Bright medium red color. Nose of bing cherries, root beer, leaves, lanolin. Medium body with bright crisp fruit. Cherry, bit of strawberry, pomelo, and stems. Not really very evolved right now, but tasty and promises more over a couple of years.
14.1% alcohol. This is marvelous right now, albeit it quite young. Beautiful expression of Sonoma Coast, with black cherry, blackberry, a touch of stems, earth, and minerals. In the mouth, a cherry-dominated profile. Excellent structure with bright acidity. Long finish. Lovely stuff. A-
the past 2 bottles were wonderful, however this seems to be in a weird place - nose not showing nearly the complexity as previous bottles. etoh more prominent on the nose and palate. i have faith this will be great once again. hold.
Loaded with rich black cherry and oak flavors, that give this pinot a dark brooding character. While not as vivid or transparent as most Rhys/ Alesia wines, it fans out nicely on the finish showing the depth of minerality it posseses. Has a chance to imporve with additional bottle age. Drink now-2014. 88+? pts.
Nose of red fruit with some coriander (that showed after couple of hours). Flavors of raspberry and strawberries which ends with the spicy finish with some earth undertones. Beautiful smooth texture. Drinking well right now but should improve with couple of years of age.
Pop and pour although a few hours of decanting would probably help. Nice garnet color. Grapefruit and dark berries on the nose. Good mouthfeel and finish. Well balanced. It's okay now but would definitely be better in a year or two.
Dark red color. Aromas of black cherry, plum, and raspberry. On the palate, this shows ripe, dark fruits, tending toward plum, blackberry, and cherry. Showing all primary character now with some of the parts a little out of balance for my tastes. Some time in bottle should help this wine come into better focus.
Nose - dark, sappy, black plum & black currant, rosemary, dried basil. Piney, with dense, dark fruit. Darker toast. More flash, less substance. San Mateo? Drink now-'13 92 pts My #4, group #1 1/3/3/1 (54)
I bought just one of these on release so in advance of the release tomorrow, figured I would test drive the bottle with my SIL. Poured alongside the 2006 Alesia San Mateo for compare/contrast--TN written with 90 mins of air. In this SC, more perfume, more contribution from the barrel, along with a hint of pine. Slightly darker in tone, too, with darker fruit. There is red but with blueberry appearing, along with a more plush texture. Bit tighter finish to, adding some acidity on the back end with raspberry and some vanilla, with much more oak notes in general showing on the SC versus the SM. On par, I like the SC better than the SM, as it shows more of a richer side that I like.
Decanted and drunk over several hours. The nose already indicates that the acidity is crackling in this bottle: red fruit, cranberry, even some citrusy notes in the aromas. The palate is soft and smooth but very bright. This is coming from an acid-freak, but I don't find the tartness to overwhelm the fruit, though it does make the finish a touch sour. However, I don't find much if any tannin here, and this lack of structure would lead me to consider drinking this bottling over the next few years rather than hoping for a lot of evolution. It's pleasant enough for that, but fairly simple and just doesn't do a whole lot for me.
Beautiful, textbook California pinot nose. The nose on this wine upon opening was just terrific. Loaded with earth and red fruits. It fell short on the palate and finish. The acidity is currently out of balance as mentioned by a few other notes. This needs a little bit of time and I bet it will come together and will improve.
Seemed like this one is known as the approachable 06. Well it is approachable although not so much pleasurable when compared to what it will be like in a few years. The aromatics were workin. Pretty fruit along with earth. The massive fruit hits hard on the attack. The finish is off. Kind of like a mouth full of stems. The wine had been open for a few hours but I then through it in the decanter. The wine started to integrate but only time will mellow the fruit out. Wait 3-5 years.
Good balance here with generous fruit. Lots of sweet cranberry flavor and good acidity. One of the more forward and open Alesia's I've had this could develop some complexity if left alone but drinks well now.
Wonderful nose of earthy, dark cherries and cola. A mouthful of perfectly balanced, ripe Sonoma fruit that just glides across the palate to a pleasant finish that keeps you going back for more. There are no faults here...no abundance of alcohol or oak, no lack of acidity...just exactly what you want from a domestic pinot at this price - if not more. Delicious!
Decanted for about an hour before serving--but I'd recommend even more. Gorgeous light ruby color and alluring nose from the minute it hits the decanter. Earth and red fruits--the essence of pinot noir. On the palate it is quite tart initially (cranberries), but becomes more round and savory with air. Not much complexity or depth at this point, but the texture is lovely. This is a wine that you don't want to put down. Not sure it's better than the San Mateo County (I'd like to taste them side-by-side), but that's no criticism. I imagine these will be best in a couple of years.
Hard for me to gauge how this will develop. On the one hand, it was open knit from the pop-n-pour get-go but over three nights the citrus-sweet, somewhat earthy nose never flagged and the palate showed only modest wear and tear. On the other hand, while the acidity and the fruit largely held up, the wine didn't become more complex. Overall this is balanced and shows subtlety and finesse, as the bursting-fresh black cherry fruit is balanced by refreshing acidity, a slightly feral earthiness, and a silky mouthfeel, yet from what I can tell, it'll be essentially the same wine in three years as it is now. I'll almost certainly drink all my bottles within five years, if not sooner.
Very young. Lovely nose of cherries. I think there is a very pleasing mineral floral interplay making this a very attractive wine, but like the '04, this too will surely benifit with some age. What is more, I love the silky, sappy elegance this has to offer. Ample acid backbone, although now overtly so. I didn't get the typical orange zest so common to sonoma coast pinots. Feminine. Although I loved the '04, I believe this has a leg up on it at a similar stage of development.
Ruby/cranberry red color. Aromas of cherries and blueberries. Very expressive on the palate with red fruits and some hints of blue/black fruit. Much more full and lush in the mid-palate than the 2006 San Mateo, which shows more crunchy, tart raspberry/cherry fruit. This is fairly open knit and should be a good sip for near to mid term cellar time. Drink now to 2014?
This wine was opened and poured. This wine shows elegance and finesse. The aromatics show red cherry, spice (cinnamon), orange zest and floral notes. The color is a medium ruby. It is youthful and vibrant. The medium bodied palate demonstrates excellent balance and continues the elegance and finesse theme. It finishes with tart acidity and subtle tannins. This wine, for the most part was excellent to outstanding. At one point it did become somewhat disjointed and demonstrated a sweet cherry fruit component that distracted from the overall pleasure of the wine.
This is an awesome pinot (though i am new to pinots). decanted and brought close to room temp. the nose was phenomenal. very floral but not cloying, with hints of minerality. similar on the palatte, with a nice medium finish. very well balanced. have no idea if this will age well, but will give it a shot. drinking great now though!
Like the San Mateo but with more stuffing, and unlike many of the other Alesias at release, this is very approachable. Sometimes you want to hear a soprano, sometimes you prefer a bass; the San Mateo is great with chicken, salmon and lighter dishes while this will be great with steak and other hearty fare. They are both fun wines with different personalities suitable for different occassions. I like the range of these wines.
There's a nice jammy quality up front followed by the pleasantly acidic tang of pomegranate to borrow a thought. With the red fruit I also get some boysenberry, baking spices, and bread crust. The wine lingers on the palate, not a very long finish but a nice pleasant remembrance of flavors enjoyed. It is a considerate wine. It does not beat you on the pate with oak, scorch you alcohol, chide you with acid, or bombast you with fruit. A lovely job all-around.
This just might be my favorite Alesia Pinot to date. Popped, poured and let a glass sit for a bit. Seductive soft floral nose with some peppery/spice. Juicy, pure pomegranate and red fruits. Graceful, soft texture. Full of energy. Finishes with some enjoyable herbs/spice/pepper. You are ready for the next sip before your glass hits the table. Just fantastic.