The Brett monster got this one. Still has nice dark fruit, but the red fruit and spice are not there, and the Brett funk takes their spot at the table. Might be an interesting ringer in a Rhone tasting.
I can certainly see the "California Burgundy" moniker that this wine receives by some. There was nice pure California fruit buffered by a dose of stems and nice supporting acid. Reserved and youthful, I believe the wine will age very well and transform into something more complex. (90+?)
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard) Dark ruby color; stems, savory, green bean, green bean casserole nose; tight, stemmy, thin tart red fruit palate with firm tannins; needs 7 years; medium-plus finish
(Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard) Barrel sample - medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; big, menthol, sweet green herb, sweet green pepper nose with a touch of chocolate oak; tasty, smoky, tart cherry, tart black cherry, sweet green peppercorn, smoke palate with some menthol; medium-plus finish 92-94 pts. (100% whole cluster; 13.3% alcohol; 40% new French oak)
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