Haven't had this since release. At the time it was impressively elegant compared to the outsized Alpines, but I think the Alpine special cuvees were the pride of the cellar this year and they got really impressive with a bit of age. Not sure this one has turned out to be at the same level. It is still nicely elegant but not offering much intrigue at the moment besides the fruit, which is in a sort of plummy stage showing some secondary development but not revealing any of the stony character that makes the Home so distinctive when it's on.
Nice enough, but still structured and still reticent. Nice nose, very structured, moderate length, structured slightly distractingly so mouth, good fruit, but can it possibly outlast the structure and show better? Glad this is my second of two, and not my second of four.
Double decanted for an hour, followed for about two. Darker in appearance than most Rhys.. .Started with blue fruits, perfectly crispy ripe (crunchy blueberries came to mind, like when the skin is tight, and you get the tiny seeds) and some red berry too... not at all blowsy or fruit forward, lots of zing on the finish at the start, it seemed a bit tightly wound. It was not giving off much of a nose. There was a lot going on and the wine continued to improve through out dinner, gaining in weight and complexity showing layers of secondary flavors, some forest floor, a little pine lift and minerals with a long amazing elegant finish. To me it showed young. Not too young to drink exceptionally well, but young enough to show that it would continue to improve for at least another 5 years, probably 10. Wish I had more .. .. ..
Open for 90 minutes before tasting. The whole package (except for the length) seems a bit reticent. The nose is sweet and the mouth is big and round, if still reticent, full of briary red fruit with some spicy spicy spice notes. The length is the best part of this wine, even when the liquid is still inside of the mouth, as it permeates upward. I find the whole package to be a bit high pitched, but then again, it's only the interesting wines that warrant comment.
much less evolved than the '04 at the same age. somewhat closed at opening. after an hour - red fruits, soil, roses or hibiscus?, and non intrusive stems. soft almost silky. more powerful in the mouth with medium body, good acid, and minerals. crunchy rock infused red fruit finish. if you have a good number, then a glimpse now is probably worth the education it would provide. i'll hold the rest of mine for a few more years before trying another.
begins to morph into something quite nice after about 2 hrs. if you must, give it at least this much time if not more.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Home Vineyard) Light medium red color; intriguing, perfumey, mineral and rosehips nose; Burgundian tart red fruit with delicacy, minerality, rosehips, good structure and acidity, and a saline note; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (Only 1 barrel; 100% whole cluster and no new oak, from 9 different clones and vines aged 10 to 13 years.)
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