Save the next one until 2020. This has great acidity, good fruit, and an enjoyable balance. It had some funk at the start that we rather enjoyed. It blew off and was a good wine that I am not all that capable of describing several days after the fact.
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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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