A lot of Pinot Noirs (My backyard): This started off slow and took some time to open and hit its stride. On opening there is some funk but not much fruit. With air, a nice sour cherry profile developed. Nice texture. Still seems on the younger side of peak. Nice layering now though. Sour cherry fruit. nice balance. Not a block buster but more feminine.
At Smoke, Oil, Salt--blind: Syrah-like in richness, with slight barnyard/compost note that was attractive to me; raspberry puree but not sweet, slightly cloudy, big but balanced. Very interesting and quite good.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard) Very dark red violet color; brett, tart cherry, red fruit nose; tight, tart red fruit, mineral, brett, orange peel palate with firm tannins; medium finish (poured blind, and we initially guessed French, but once we narrowed down the location to California, south of the Golden Gate Bridge, the brett made a few of us guess this particular bottling)
(Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard) Group's #5 (my #6) – 28 pts; 0 firsts, 0 seconds, 0 thirds, 0 lasts – Very dark cherry red color; odd, piercing, candied, orange peel, cherry and allspice nose, that eventually changes to vanilla and orange peel; big, ripe, monolithic cherry palate, a little boring; medium-plus finish (Kevin informed us he didn't like the oak regimen they used on the '04, and that they have departed from that in subsequent vintages)
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