Lioco and Sonoma Coast Tasting (Chez Nanda - Chicago IL): Tasted double blind in a flight of 2009s. Cross-section of red berry and cherry aromas with baking spice. Very impressive balance and textures. We were told 1 of the 4 wines in the flight was Grand Cru Burgundy partway through tasting the flight, and I thought it was this wine. Better than I recall from when tasted shortly after release.
Nicely balanced, multifaceted, and reasonably expressive if understated in places. More back end structure emerged with air. I liked the composition of the nose but wanted a little more power behind the aromas and a more graceful and more saturated mid-palate; I felt like this was still holding something back. Approachable but best to hold. A very good PN, it helps to open your Rhys not expecting a religious experience every time.
My cellar is rather deep in recent Rhys which makes me nervous as I've opened very few of the SV blends. This was showing very well, however, and met my very high expectations. Needed maybe an hour or so of air to show well. Very expressive nose of deep back cherry, anise, spice, and meaty notes. Palate is a little soft and smooth with a little sweetness on the attack, with subtly coarse tannins on the back side. Concentrated black cherry and maybe a little cola, but everything in balance with plenty of nuance despite the ripeness. Finish is long and complex, with a little sandalwood and mineral note mixed in. Very good and seemingly has some upside. Drink or hold.
What a nose, as it pulls you in with brooding, dark fruit and balsamic tones and then leaves you guessing as a whiff of fresh mint adds whimsical finesse. There’s a mix of fruit here, showing blackberry, blueberry, and dark cherry; all complemented by earth tones of graphite and crushed stone. On the palate, a dark, silky veil enveloped the senses, with black fruit taking second place to its notes of savory herbs, dark wood, and earth. Part of me craved for more acidity here, yet there’s something alluring about it’s weighty textures. It finished with deep wood tones and plum, yet very little in the way of structure. Instead, this goes down all to easy.
I’m stumped here. I typically score a wine on its nose, palate, finish and then overall performance. Those scores are then complied together and averaged out. Here, the nose was an easy 97 points. Yet on the palate it took a dive to 90 and then the finish to 88. The overall experience is hard to gauge because I wanted so much more on the palate. I’m calling this a 90-point wine, with high hopes that this is an odd bottle and unrepresentative of it’s typical performance.
******* On day two I found more red fruit tones, with a distinct note of pine, woodland stems and hints of cedar. More energy showed on the palate, as its dense black fruit had backed off to a large degree, leaving wild berry and spicy floral notes. It finished fresh with focused red-toned fruit. It’s certainly more enjoyable on the palate than the previous night, but the price you pay is in the loss of the outstanding bouquet.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Group's #1, my #1, 37 pts - medium dark ruby color; appealing, tart cherry, tart black cherry, violets, vanilla nose; tasty, complex, poised, tart cherry, tart raspberry, mineral, nutmeg palate with a gunpowder note; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish
(Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Barrel sample - very dark purple red violet color; big raspberry, baked raspberry, sweet black fruit, plum nose with a touch of green herb; tight, creamy textured, greenish, gunpowder, ripe plum palate; medium-plus finish 92-94 pts. (100% whole cluster; 13.1% alcohol)
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