Red

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains

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Community Tasting Note

  • gunpwdr wrote: 84 points

    April 3, 2012 - Nose: Scorched earth, caramel-soaked cedar, Chinese grass jelly, tar. Behind all the darkness are hints of strawberries, cherries, but the fruit is generally hard to pick up. Palate: Spiced, dark cherries, tar, crushed gravel on the attack. Good tannins and acidity on the mid-palate with hints of dark cherries. Tart cherries, cedar linger on the finish.

    So dark and masculine right now, showing all structure with no real evidence of sweetness or ripe fruit behind it. Not even an iota of primary fruit on the nose or palate. This is all with 6+ hours in a decanter. I'm not convinced that there is stuffing here but the other bottles I have will need 5+ years. I will check in on another before then I'm sure but as it is today I consider this Alpine only decent with the possibility of becoming pretty good.

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1 Comment

  • glaze3 commented:

    4/4/12, 4:38 PM - Kinda tough to score a wine that is clearly not ready to drink. Better to leave out score altogether.

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