This is evolving in a very interesting direction. I can't believe it's only been four years since release, but the wine is already in a different place while still hitting a lot of the same notes. There is a dazzling array of flavors here with most of the plush, primary fruitiness giving way to tarter fruits like dried cranberry and even a twist of candied orange peel that's extremely reminiscent of the Calera pinots - I probably would have guessed this as a Calera on a blind pour. It also still features the iron and rusty mineral flavors that were here on day one. The most enticing thing about it continues to be the texture. On the entry it's stop-you-in-your-tracks cashmere refinement, but on the back end it shows a serious grippiness.
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.
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