A more elegant and refined nose places perhaps even more emphasis on the floral component found in all of the Rhys wines that gives way to highly complex and equally refined middle weight flavors that are quite classy and while there is no lack of power or structure, the tannins are finer, all wrapped in a stunningly long and mineral-infused finish. A very stylish effort that should reward medium to long-term cellaring.
As I reported in October, the 2008 Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir from Rhys is stunning, and one of the most beautiful, dancing bottles of young Pinot that I have ever had the pleasure to taste from California. This is decidedly low octane juice, coming in at only 12.2 percent alcohol, and consequently, it will need a few years in the cellar to soften, as there is not a lot of puppy fat fruit here at this level of ripeness. Six months on from the last time I tasted this superb wine, it is blossoming beautifully, offering up a fine nose of black cherries, dark berries, cola, espresso, a gentle note of vinesmoke and a complex base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, nascently complex and nicely reserved, with fine mid-palate depth, ripe, firm tannins and excellent length and grip on the very classy and cool finish. Great juice in the making- all this needs is a bit of time alone in the cellar! (Drink between 2018-2040)
Bright red. Exotic, vibrant aromas of raspberry, Asian spices, fresh herbs and potpourri, all lifted by a mineral nuance. Sharply delineated, classically detailed Pinot that offers a weightless impression of sweetness, spiciness and florality. Firm acids add definition and lift the wine's flavors. Extremely complex Pinot with impeccable balance. Finishes with silky tannins, pungent minerality and lovely lingering perfume. This clocks in at 12.3% alcohol and was fermented completely with whole clusters. (ST)
The gorgeous 2008 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard (175 cases from a 3 acre vineyard planted at 2,300 feet of elevation) boasts powdered rock and floral notes intermixed with sweet plum, sassafras, autumnal/forest, dark raspberry, and allspice characteristics. The complex aromatics are followed by a wine with vibrant acidity as well as impressive depth and richness. (RP)
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