PnP, tasted, then let a large Riedel Burgundy glass half full sit for an hour at cellar temp before tasting over two hours. Very fresh, young, high class black cherry, rhubarb, baby powder, Xmas spice/incense, celery/bright pleasant green notes, slight hint of sassafras/cola nose. The purity of fruit and baby powder/mineral delineation is what makes this really work. Medium bodied with significant lift, very pure primary fruit in balance with other elements - a nice hidden acidity and refreshing green bite hides underneath and provides tension. Sneaky long, persistent, dry silky finish. An austerity and light body that, combined with the balance and structure bodes beautifully for the future. Significant silky buried tannins assert themselves after sipping this for an hour. At the 2.5 hour mark this is even better - subtly candied red fruits appear, in a very clean, precise way. My first Rhys single vineyard, this has been laid down in my cool cellar since release. If this is any indication (and this bottle is from extremely young vines), my guess is Rhys will be the DRC of North American pinot noir in 20 years. Bright fresh lifted precision, silkiness, and balance are its hallmarks. Nothing here clumsy, ponderous or remotely over extracted. A long distance runner, this is just barely showing its potential, and could be amazing in another decade. This tasting inspired my continued patience on my remaining stash. Phenomenal work and huge kudos to the whole team for crafting such a gem. 94-95+pts pure quality, 97+pts personal preference.
A little more sunshine here - everyone pegged it as the Rhys. Had just a bit of that new world cherry cola. Amazing concentration for a young vine wine. New world, but great. A bit of Christmas spice. Erol thought this was oak; Jim said it might be the clone used for this vineyard.
Burg / Pinot blind: nose - cinnamon, clove, smoky enchanting barrel type nose mouth - broad mouthcoating dark berry fruit, voluptuous yet clean, delicious, concentrated, and showy. Lots of dry extract. hints of cherry cola per chris. Sexy.
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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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