Light ruby in color. The nose is interesting. At first I thought it might be that aquarium note that one sometimes get in a not good way, but with a bit of air, that changed into a slightly earthy, dusty, even moldy (in a good way) kind of note that I find in better producers of Savigny. With more air, more fruit, cherries and sour cherries emerge. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Nice complexity but still deems like its a few more years until peak. Good cherry fruit. I would not call this elegant, but it is more demure. Nice balance and good finish. Certainly drinking well now although not what I might have expected for the vintage, but it should improve from here.
Behind the 2009 Alpine in the pleasure factor, but some pleasure is to be had. It saw plenty of air and it was showing quite a bit. Most of it good, but a bitterness on the end was a little hard to take. It still needs to come together...but will it ever?
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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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