January 17, 2020 - Started buying Rhys early on. Have had mixed results which seems inconsistent with the huge scores from reviewers. The 2008 Alpine last year was ok but not worthy of a write up. This is now shinning bright. Many years left. Not fully mature yet.
January 12, 2020 - Rhys @ My Place--Part 5 (My House In The South OC): I last had this wine 5 years ago, so it was fortunate to have this in our Rhys tasting at the house yesterday. We also poured it blind, included blind with the 2008 Horseshoe and 2008 Swan Terrace. I'll write this up in two parts: one from my notes from yesterday and the other from tasting the wine right now from the bottle leftovers from last night. From yesterday, the wine showed a rose petal aromatic. And as with the 2014 bottle I wrote up 5 years ago, darker in color (as were all the 2008s we looked at yesterday, too). Depth, lots of color and concentration, burly and coiled. I closed my notes with the phrase "stacked and packed". Fast forward 24 hours to today, I just poured off another 2 ounces to retry. Not getting the rose petal today, but instead the whole cluster impact, with cracked spices and some herbals. The palate on the wine today is really concentrated, with a plump, filling kind of texture that has softened some from yesterday. What I find fascinating about these 2008s is that the wines are now past a decade old and this vintage for Rhys shows their aging ability--this does not show nor taste like something going on 11 years old. This remains fresh, pure and for me no signs of any fade or aged character. Terrific.
January 11, 2020 - -- double decanted approx. 3 hours before tasting --
-- tasted single blind over approx. 30 minutes --
Enjoyed the Nose on this one a lot, even though it was a touch funky; similar to the Swan Terrace (deep red berries), but a bit more tight (possibly a result of the different decant times). Light bodied. Very tight on the palate, but there were some dark red/purple fruits somewhat accessible; a touch tannic; 13.3% alc.. Still has tons of upside. Hold.
January 11, 2020 - Rhys Alpine/Horseshoe Tasting at Frank's (Frank Murray's Casa): Bagged but knew all but which vineyard was in which bag. All these 08's showed tons of young fruit still, especially in comparison to the much less extracted, much younger wines in front of them. Complex, rocky nose. Tight and very grippy on the palate. So very dense still. Almost modern showing the most ripeness of the three. But this one saw little air. Again, don't rush to open this.
November 9, 2019 - Tasted blind. Quick impression from a large tasting. Blackberries, mineral, touch of asparagus. But subtle nose overall. Dark fruit but with a glassy feel. Lots of grip. I wrote good potential but young!! Voted. Second fav on the day. I believe this wine garnered the most votes on the day. Showing pretty well and not even quite mature.
September 17, 2019 - Such beautiful dark raspberry fruit, great balance and lovely complexity.
August 25, 2019 - Great wine and one of the better experiences I’ve had with a Rhys Pinot Noir. Saw another recent note indicating this had entered the drinking window and I completely agree. Structure is largely resolved and everything is in harmony.
August 20, 2019 - Rhys Dinner Following Rhys Tasting (Prairie Grass - Northbrook IL): Red cherry and berry with whole cluster spice, but more in the background (compared with 2009 Swan Terrace, where it dominated). Fully engaging aromas with red fruit, floral and spice elegantly intertwined, followed by similar flavors with ethereal textures. Better today vs last bottle from two years ago, I think this is entering its peak drinking window. Most people's top wine tonight, myself included.
July 20, 2019 - Good wine. Balanced edgy fruity structured.
May 24, 2019 - Aging nicely.