fantastic, sweet, floral aromatics anchored by lavender and earth. sweet flavors of red fruits and lush texture up front that give way to a dark core, and a raw, tannic roughness. there's a fun paradox here of obviousness, pureness and transparency set alongside something unyielding, hidden and unresolved. hints of profound balance and tension, but it will take time.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard) Barrel sample - medium dark purple red color with pale meniscus; big, spicy, Asian spice, tart black cherry, black raspberry nose, not showing stems; gorgeous, tasty, exotic, spicy, tart raspberry, black cherry, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 94-96 pts. (100% whole cluster; 13% alcohol)
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