2006 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

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California, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA

Opened this with traditionally American Christmas Dinner of ham, potatoes, and vegetables. Like the Fleur de Gay the day before, this was a pleasure to drink. Although not as intellectual a wine as the Fleur de Gay the day prior, this was an enjoyable wine that showed restraint for CA Pinot. Deep dark fruit that wasn’t too tannic at all and some tree bark and earthiness. Flavorful enough to stand up to the food. Fine choice for this dinner.

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