Nose is red fruits, spice and floral perfume notes (actually like a floral scented perfume; flowers but slightly artificial...very odd).
On the palate cranberry, spices, and a floral perfume note. There's good complexity/depth with medium body. Tannins are well-integrated and everything seems to be in balance, but the floral note is quite prominent, lingering like an old woman's who put on too much perfume for a simple trip to the market. Should improve with time.
Nicely floral and spice-driven aromatic start with mature red berry aromas. Similarly mature red fruit flavors with hints of earth, mushroom and subtle spice. Moderate depth. The "regular" Alpine also open tonight came across as more fresh and powerful.
What began as a slightly thin, rigid glass of crunchy tart fruit, opened over the course of 2+ hours into a delicate and pretty expression of chalk and cranberry. While enjoyable, and moreso by the end, this is really not ready. I plan to stay away from this wine for at least a few years.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Alpine Vineyard) Tied for #6 for the group and #6 for me, 42 pts - medium dark ruby color with slight cloudiness; appealing tart cherry, tart berry compote, sous bois, stems nose; very tart cranberry, tart red fruit, berry palate with medium-plus acidity and firm, drying tannins; medium-plus finish
(Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Alpine Vineyard) Dark red violet color; tart cherry, menthol, black cherry nose; velvety textured, youthful, tart black cherry, menthol, mineral palate with depth; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
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