Slow ox around 30 min before serving. Dark garnet with a lighter rim. The nose is a bit shy, but opens into a lovely mix of red fruit & exotic spices once it breathes in the glass a bit. Medium bodied with layers of texture within the fruit. Some brooding darker stuff on entry with a brighter more red character through the mid palate. Acidity is behind the fruit at the moment, but the wine maintains such a drinkable palate weight. Tannins are silky & elegant. Still showing tons of potential for the future.
Opened at 11 AM decanted for 2 hours at 5 PM. Initially when the cork was pulled in the cellar, there was a rush of cranberries and spice in the air. Medium dark, very slight hazy color. Nose is mostly red fruits of cranberry, cherry, pomegranate with spices and earthiness. There is a lightless on the palate at first that gains structure thru the mid-palate, medium acidity (by my palate) and finishes with length and mostly spices, (the stems I suppose) although nicely integrated IMO. While lovely now, this is not yet anywhere near it's peak. With 2 bottles left, I plan on drinking one in another 2 years and the last as long as I can discipline myself.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Opaque black red violet color; padron chile, green bean casserole, stems nose; maturing, padron chile, green bean, stems, tart black cherry palate; needs 4-5 more years; medium-plus finish (tasted from two bottles, with consistent notes)
(Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Very dark red violet color; forest floor, tart red fruit nose; mineral, Burgundian, forest floor, tart raspberry, green tea palate with green notes; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (vineyard planted to 16 clones of Pinot, including Calera, Swan, La Tache, Hyde and Wente)
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