I found this very firm after opening - and it required a good two hours to really open up. Better the next day, so a long decant is definitely in order. Maybe additional bottle age will help. Aroma of dark fruit, floral, and earth notes. Ripe dark fruit on the palate, but not syrupy and balanced by good acidity and mineral notes. Slightly rough, especially on the finish, although the finish was pleasant and quite long. Well structured and decent complexity but this just didn't get me "hooked" and for the price I'm not sure I would run out and get more.
13.9% alcohol. Unsurprisingly, Mike's October 2014 note on this wine is spot on, although this bottle for us was showing more openly -- the result of decanting due to a broken cork. There is a lot of life ahead here, but the raw material is fantastic. Bright cherry fruit, somewhat brooding complexity, but all the parts are there -- wonderful earth and spice, with strong acidity. Still tannic bite on the finish. This will last another decade at least. A-/A
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Hillside) Dark red violet color; tart red fruit, iron and a touch of caramel on nose; delicious tart cherry, rounded, with depth, black cherry, minerality, sweet and firm tannins, powerful but elegant; long finish 94+ pts. (85% whole cluster, from Rhys's lowest yielding vineyard segment)
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