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.
April 2012 Rhys Visit--Taste The 2010s (Rhys Estate (At The Winery)): Added to database and what a wine it is even so early on in its life. Listed alc of 13.6% with 100% whole cluster and 33% new wood. I tasted this wine alongside the 2010 Alpine, which is simply a different exposure and clonal selection from the Swan, but by god the 2 are damn near in the same plot and yet for me, the Swan just beats the Alpine hands down. The aromatic is just stunning, aided by a mix of florals and stems, culminating in a piercing display. Like with the 2010 Skyline, the balance here is beautiful, with fruit showing in the vein of cherry hard candy. Lithe and elegant. Whereas the 2010 Alpine shows a heady, dark richness, the Swan here shows a nice spicy core of blue and red fruit, orange rind and kiwi. Minerality, too. What a stunner of a pinot.
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