This contrasted the 07 RM Old Vines from the week before by having the palate be much more expressive than the nose. Reserved as mentioned. Maybe that would benefit from decanting but the palate here was very nice. Elegant and even yet not lean. The stems are adding nice complex notes at this point without overpowering the wine. It would be nice to spend the evening with a bottle to see where it's going but this disappeared too quick to watch any evolution. Notable as this is the best showing of an 07 I've had in a while. I could see this getting better but it seems to be entering it's window.
Wow. Really impressive and delicious. Dark red berries, juicy ripe raspberries with mulberry and mossy forest floor. A dusty woodsy quality is weaved within that gives this a great lingering finishing edge.
Decanted. Hmmm, this is just not there yet, and I'm not sure it ever will be. Nose shifted dramatically over the course of two hours, from pure fruit at the start, to earthy Oregon-ish pinot, to green pepper fennel notes. Palate never lived up - rather flat and short on the finish.
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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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