The 2009 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard tends towards a dark red, almost black expression of wild cherries. It is an intensely coiled, powerful wine in need of a few years of cellaring. The mineral notes speak very clearly in this pointed, beautifully articulated Pinot. With time in the glass the wine’s inner perfume begins to emerge, but the best is years away. The chiseled, pure finish leaves a lasting impression. This is the most finely-knit, complete wine in the Rhys portfolio. (AG)
The 2009 Alpine Pinot is superb and perhaps a small step up in quality from the dancing Bearwallow this year. The deep and impressively complex nose jumps from the glass in a blaze of dark berries, cola, vinesmoke, superbly complex soil nuances, fresh herbs, a touch of gamebird and a stylish base of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite black fruity as well, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, well-integrated tannins, tangy acids and great backend soil drive on the very long and classy finish. This is more overtly 'Burgundian' in its stylistic sensibilities than the Bearwallow, but will need even a few more years than that wine to fully unfold and start to realize all of its potential. Superb juice. (Drink between 2017-2040)
Here the nose is similar to that of the Skyline but with more obvious spice notes that carry over to the exceptionally rich and large-scaled flavors that possess very firm and ripe tannins that coat the mouth yet are not aggressive or drying. This very serious effort is not as refined as the Skyline but it is just as complex and a lot more powerful. *Outstanding*
Vivid ruby. Ripe red berries and cherry-vanilla on the nose, with complicating notes of dried rose, cola and Asian spices. Fleshy and smooth in texture, offering sweet but lively red and dark berry flavors and hints of sassafras and candied rose. Finishes on an expansive cherry note, with resonating spiciness and a sexy floral nuance. (ST)
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