Coming from a small, east-facing section of the Alpine Vineyard and very chalky soils, the 2014 Pinot Noir Swan Terrace is an impeccably balanced, complete Pinot Noir that has everything you could want from the grape. Gorgeous red and black fruits, roasted herbs, smoked earth and spice all jump from the glass of this seamless red that has polished tannin (and plenty of them), a layered, balanced profile and no shortage of length. Like all of these 2014s, it needs short-term cellaring and will have two decades of overall longevity. (JD)
The 2014 Swan Terrace is very classically low octane, as is customary with this bottling from Rhys. I had not tasted it since its release and was very happy to cross paths with it recently. The wine is still quite youthful, as one would expect from this cuvée at age five, but it is starting to show some signs of secondary development and is certainly not shut down. The bouquet offers up a lovely and smoky constellation of sweet dark berries, a touch of plum, gamebird, dark soil tones, bitter chocolate, woodsmoke, cedar and a lovely, gently blossoming topnote of botanicals. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and suavely tannic, with a lovely core, good soil signature, tangy acids and lovely balance and grip on the long and complex finish. This is not into its apogee of peak maturity by any stretch of the imagination, but even in its adolescence, it is drinking with great style!
The 2014 Pinot Noir Swan Terrace brings together the richness of the vintage with good aromatic complexity and nuance. The flavors are bold and intense throughout, with plenty of supporting structure to match. Dark red cherry, menthol, dark spices and leather fill out the wine's ample frame nicely. The 2014 is another wine in the range that is going to require considerable time to come together. This is a decidedly dark and intense Pinot. The 100% whole clusters are nearly buried by the intensity of the fruit. The Swan Terrace is a decidedly dark, brooding wine that shows the more virile side of Pinot. (AG)
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