Decanted for 45 minutes. Very nice nose, and a good length to boot. Mouth is very full and nicely round, but still a bit structured. The sweet notes are there - earth, canned red fruit. Nice drinking now, but perhaps less angry (and therefore more likable) in another year or two...?
Classic Anderson Valley nose -- black cherry, blueberry and menthol, with notes of citrus, bittersweet chocolate and, yes, a whiff of smoke. Quite nice. On the palate, a real dark/light contrast, with intermingling waves of black cherry and cranberry/citrus. Very spicy across the mid-palate, and a long finish. Better with 90+ minutes of air. Lovely.
Reading through the notes below, Gutt22's review is spot on.
I opened and decanted this for an hour, then put it back in the bottle for 3 hours to BYO, as I was trying to help is show its best. Not sure if that was too much air or what, but it was not enjoyable. Lots of dark fruit and some spice, but flabby without focus or finish.
Last bottle of this. Prior bottles have shown an odd note initially (kind of a funky, smoky note), but with those bottles it blew off with air. With this bottle it never blew off. Tried again the next night with no improvement.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard) Dark cherry red color; forest floor, fine oak, woody nose; tight, tart cherry, sous bois, mineral palate with a touch of smoke and firm tannins, needs 5-7 years; medium-plus finish
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