Cherry and candied orange rind; creamed minerality, salty riding shorts. Seems to vacillate between smooth and tangy. Blue fruits. Golden turkey skin. Charcoal corduroy. Gains edge with air. Beyond great but also unassuming, making it hard to score. More Oregonian than Californian.
Served blind, finished 1st out of 5 Rhys wines from 06-10. Beautifully spicy and airy nose with a lovely cherry and subtle clove note. Very polished and supple palate, with a silky mouthfeel and lovely texture.
My first swan terrace. Decanted for an hour. The stems stood out the first hour of drinking. Then, it became fuller with beautiful fruit. Complex and lush. The finish is clean and a few more years may extend it. Wait a few years for last one. The best Rhys to date. WOW stuff.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Alpine Vineyard) Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; ripe and tart berry, cherry, allspice and tart, baked cherry pie nose; solid, tart red fruit, cherry palate with depth; medium-plus finish 91+ pts.
(Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Alpine Vineyard) Set for Spring 2009 release: Very dark cherry red color; reticent cherry and mineral nose; youthful, minerally, tart black cherry palate with iron and firm tannins, reminiscent of a young Clos de Tart; medium-plus finish (100% whole cluster, 75% new oak)
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