stunning. ripe raspberry fruit, a nice touch of spice, and cool herbal notes that are kept in check by firm tannic structure and acid. very reminiscent of chambolle but very much its own wine. served with beef bourguignon after double decanting 5 hours prior.
One of my realizations on Rhys is that when they shut down, they shut down hard, so I'm trying to enjoy some more of my stash in the early window of opportunity. This one is definitely still there, so rich at first that it's practically saucy though without any candied flavors. Rhys always benefits from a long decant but this one was so primary it needed even more time than most to show its underlying contours and reveal some of the rocks beneath the fruit. What I love about the house style here is that even though this flirts with being too much of a good thing, for all that dense, saturating, luscious fruit, there is still a whole lot of energy and vibrancy here too.
This is a big pinot that still has a ballet dancer mouth feel. The fruit is dark but not brooding. The wine is full but not heavy handed. Pure raspberry and kirsch but not cloying. Very young but outstanding.
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