Enjoyed this. Upon opening, seemed very stemmy in a nice way. Drank with friends over 4-5 hours. Continued developing and trained a wonderful balance of old and new world. But mostly older world profile but without the bracing acidity I sometimes get in burgundy. Drank alongside '04 mags of top Oregon Pinots (Shea, brick house, beaux frares and bergstrom), martinelli blue side. I think it would've shown better and my palate would've appreciated it more if it'd been solo tonight.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Alpine Vineyard) Group's #7, my #3, 45 pts - medium dark ruby color with clarity; ripe cherry, berry, pie crust, boysenberry nose; tight yet, tasty, tart cherry, raspberry, mineral palate with firm tannins; needs 3 years; long finish 93+ points
(Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Alpine Vineyard) Barrel sample - dark purple red violet color with pale meniscus; nice baked cherry, berry, black plum nose; tasty, poised, elegant, tight, black cherry, black raspberry palate; long finish 93-96 pts. (100% whole cluster; 12.7% alcohol)
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