2008 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

The best domestic Pinot Noir I’ve ever tasted. I have said many times in the past that Rhys is sometimes overhyped, but based on this wine alone, I would have to retract my prior statements. The wine has structure, it has a perfumed nose, it shows earth, it has terrific fruit that never gets dull or flabby. It’s wonderfully rich yet nervy at the same time. Never crossed into a zone where I detected even a hint of sweetness. Rather, the wine had a rocky, saline note to it. The fruit is darker and shows dark cherry, plum, and blackberry. I can see this ageing beautifully for many years. A true masterpiece that I am glad to own a couple more bottles of.

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