I am convinced that this is the best Rhys pinot I've ever had, ironic that it would be declassified juice. Good core of red with a great balance of soil, structure and a dustiness to the fruit. Tasty stuff. No rush on these either.
Bright juicy red fruit with a little tomato skin and spice, it picks up intensity through the middle with fine tannin and a hint of tart acidity primes the mouth for another sip. This is a really pretty wine in its prime time, almost irresistible.
World Cup Final (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): Still a big fan of this wine. Love the elegance and complexity it had with layers of red fruit and soft floral accents. The mid palate had this awesome spicy note with a kick of acidity that created a really enjoyable package. I hadn't had this wine in about a year and it seems to consistently great.
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(Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir San Mateo County) Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; black cherry, beets nose; delicious, silky textured, balanced, tart cherry, red fruit, strawberry, raspberry palate with minerality; medium finish 91+ pts.
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