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Community Tasting Notes (18) Avg Score: 92.7 points

  • Really enjoyed this. I believe this has entered its drinking window, but it also has many years to go so no hurry. Well balanced and complex. One of the more Burgundian Rhys for my palate.

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  • Did not decant. Initial notes had some stewed qualities that could have blown off with decanting. Otherwise wonderful spice characteristics and the palate was backed up with spice, tannic backbone and long finish. Highly recommended. No rush.

    ...with more time, wonderful balance and complexity. No stewed qualities and this is a very unique, terroir driven wine. Digg'in it! Score confirmed.

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  • Nose: Wonderfully earthy and loamy. The stems provide a nice spice that plays well against the darker red fruit.

    Palate: Light with elegant, silky tannins and a great acidic pop on the backend. It's rounded out with a crunchy red fruit that adds a bit of youthful exuberance to the otherwise somewhat morose teenager.

    Finish: Tart, astringent (yea, I know they both kinda mean the same thing, but there's a difference here. Tart coming from the fruit and astringent from the acid/tannin 1, 2 punch) with a spicy/stemy aspect.

    Thoughts: Well now, this is pretty damn good. Gotta say the nose is actually a little better when first popped as the stem/earth quality is stronger. The more air it gets the more the fruit starts to emerge and the more youthful it becomes.

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  • Rhys Tasting With The Gang (My House): Tasted alongside the 2008 Skyline, and for kicks and giggles, the 2007 D'Angerville Champans that I had pulled from the cellar on the fly to join the flight. This 2007 Skyline is dark, intense and tannic with a peppery, stemmy aromatic. And to think this was opened the night before last....shows the structure that is here. Juicy raspberry and strawberry fruit. And an interesting note, one I have not previously cited for pinot, there was a tasting marker here that reminded me of the red berry intensity of a really fine shot of espresso. Not the coffee aspect but the deep, roasted berry signature that infuses a good shot. Really caught my attention.

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  • In a flight with 2007 Swan Terrace and Family Farm, I thought the Skyline was showing best in this flight, and by a country mile at that. Although Rhys owner Kevin Harvey has at times analogized Swan Terrace to Chambolle, on this night it’s Skyline that fits the bill in my estimation, showing charming lightness and delicacy on the floral nose and palate, with the slightly tart plummy fruit and acidity bringing me much pleasure. With air, an exotic spice component emerges in the nose, so although I liken this wine first to Chambolle or Volnay first based on body and texture, I wouldn’t quibble with a comparison to Vosne based on the spice. Easily my wine of the night, 94-95 points; I’m not yet allocated Skyline, but will buy all I can when given the chance.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/10/2009, (See more on 94 points

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard) Dark cherry red color; big, tart cherry, rosehips, roses nose; tasty, tart cherry, sour cream, mineral, spice, baked cherry, rosehips and roses palate, very Burgundian; medium-plus finish

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