Nearly two years since my last bottle and this hasn't budged much. Full focused nose of black cherry, raspberry and stem-driven herbs. Palate starts lean but gains flesh over 4 hours of steady air. In the mouth flavors echo the nose with an added spice cake kick. Racy acidity keeps it fresh and on a razors edge. Definitely still youthful. On the leaner and elegant side of the spectrum. Will try to save my last bottle for 5ish years and drink this at age 15.
Open but moderate nose of black cherries, touch of black raspberry, hints of mint, and guava (?). Approachable, but opened up beautifully with a half hour in the decanter...warm, round almost cinnamon tinged with lovely balance and rich concentration, medium plus finish. Spectacular for the vintage and improving. Drink or hold.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Group's #2 (tie), my #2, 38 pts - dark ruby color; lovely, deep, ripe black cherry, blackberry, light caramel nose; a little tight yet, tart black cherry, black raspberry palate with medium acidity and firm tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ points
(Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; rich cherry, raspberry nose; tasty, rich, raspberry, black raspberry, cherry palate with depth and good acidity; medium-plus finish
(Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Dark cherry red color; violet, cherry, berry, lavender nose; focused, tart cherry, cinnamon, mineral palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish (needs another year or two)
(Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; black cherry, roses, with a touch of sandalwood on the nose; deep black cherry, mineral and rock palate, with structure and good acidity; medium-plus finish (75% whole cluster and 2/3's new oak; Kevin says "[The] Alpine [Vineyard] laps up oak.")
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