First experience with this producer, had to see what the fuss is all about. Notes of licorice, Herbs, Tobacco, and rasberries. Def has a lot of stem inclusion aromatics.. Smells like a southern rhone grenache. Love that. Has a short tight dry finish but is probably due to its young age. This is the type of pinot i strive to make myself, glad to have finally tasted it. :) and at only $35 a bottle!
13.3% alcohol. Moderately proportioned with impressive refinement, freshness, balance, depth, and character for an appellation blend with aromas and flavors of rhubarb, black cherry, exotic spices, forest floor, and an herbal/stem note suggestive of some whole cluster inclusion. There is sense of tang and crunch to the dark red fruited profile that is quite appealing. Popped, poured, and consumed over the course of about four hours, with the wine really blossoming after an hour of aeration. Unfortunately, my last bottle.
I liked this a lot less than some of the 2012s I've opened recently. The stems (I think) seem to be showing a lot of bitterness and the fruit has receded a bit. Hopefully it integrates and smoothes out a bit more with age. Seems darker fruited but at least on day 1 a bit out of balance.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains) Barrel sample - dark purple red violet color; big, tart black fruit, tar, menthol, smoke, deep nose; tight, tasty, smoke, charcoal, berry, green herb, green peppercorn palate; medium-plus finish 91-92+ pts. (100% whole cluster; 13.3% alcohol; fruit from Horseshoe and Alpine Vineyards)
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