Good, strong blackberry notes with distinct bramble and stem inclusion notes; a bit spicy/brambly, forward blackberry notes, medium+ body; nice, but seemed a bit too much pepper/bramble, blackberry bush on the palate.
Pop and pour and followed for many hours. Opened up a bit about an hour in. Black cherry, minerals, smoke, violets, a little iodine, earth, and light barrel scents on the nose. Precise black cherry, tart cherry, red cherry, earth, and minerals on the palate. Nicely balanced acidity, integrated tannins, good finish that lands a bit soft. Delicious. My wife's favorite Pinot. It's quite drinkable now, but should improve in a year to two.
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.
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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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