2008 Rhys (The Medlar, London): Again, completely different nose. Feels bigger and maybe a little fuller. Dense, minerally red fruit. Very rounded and flattering. A ripeness to this. So different to the others in this flight. Darker and fuller without brooding. ****
Tasted along with a number of bolder wines during the Super Bowl. This was giving off little to nothing on the nose, and didn't have much to offer. I tasted this over several subsequent days, and didn't note any improvement. I believe this was my second Rhys pinot, and may open a few more to see if this was on off bottle.
April 2012 Rhys Visit--Taste The 2010s (Rhys Estate (At The Winery)): Tasted alongside the 2010 Home, which was excellent. For this 2008, listed alc of 13.0% with 100% whole cluster and 0% new wood. Exotic aromatic, richer than the 2010 and certainly for me up a level in volume. The fruit just seems more dense to me, whereas the 2010 is more pure and acidity driven. Dark watermelon, dark strawberry and cherry juice. Where this wine succeeds is despite the higher volume level, it stays all together with a real intensity.
Rhys (Peking Duck House): Right from sip one the elegance of this wine just takes you aback despite its actually being very structured. It's tannic but the refinement of the tannins keep impressing on every sip. It has an airiness and dimension to it as well. This has by far the fullest panoply of flavors in this lineup. In contrast with the Skyline the taste of this seems almost strangely meaty and then picks up some of the iron-like reddish rocky flavors that I remembered in the 2004. If this isn't the best Home since then it's certainly the most complete.
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