Rhys Tasting With The Gang--Part 2 (My Place): Opened this at the end of our Rhys dinner, pouring it as the final wine to complete what had been a flight of Horseshoe pinot (2008, 2009 and 2011). Dumped to decanter and swirled it as well as I could to let it breathe. I wasn't all concerned about structure, as knowing 2009, I figured it would be bigger in tone, yet I hoped the lack of air wouldn't tamp down the aromatics and balance I expected from it. Nose shows light graphite and stem, with raspberry, strawberry, and from all the 2009s we had over the dinner, this Swan showed minerality. Delicate yet still reflects the ripeness of the vintage. Really good, of course all gone, so nothing to report back on today. Shared with friends and great palates, which is what great wine should be for!
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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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