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
Rhys Tasting With The Gang (My House): Drank alongside the Alpine and Swan Terrace (also 2006s). This Hillside I liked the least of the three wines, as it came off a bit syrupy for me, the riper cherry and black cherry tones were less in balance than the other 2 wines. Stemmy still too and a bit rough overall. Like the other 2006s, this will need time and overall, it doesn't have the balance of the Alpine or the overall quality and impression level of the lovely Swan Terrace.
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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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