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2009 Rhys "Swan Terrace - Alpine Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1127070 95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This beauty offers an almost hypothetical blend of the Skyline and Alpine as it combines the elegance of the former with the power and density of the latter. A spicy and relatively high-toned red pinot fruit, red currant and cherry suffused nose introduces gorgeously detailed, intense and solidly structured flavors that display simply amazing length on the moderately austere finish. This is an admirably serious wine of crystalline purity and flawless balance. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (10/2011)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Pure, expressive red fruit and floral aromas are complicated by star anise, cinnamon and allspice, with a lively mineral undertone adding vivacity. Impressively precise in the mouth, offering sappy strawberry and raspberry flavors and an intensely spicy character. The finish features a note of candied flowers and hangs on with outstanding tenacity. Remarkably delineated and vibrant Pinot Noir. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Pure, expressive red fruit and floral aromas are complicated by star anise, cinnamon and allspice, with a lively mineral undertone adding vivacity. Impressively precise in the mouth, offering sappy strawberry and raspberry flavors and an intensely spicy character. The finish features a note of candied flowers and hangs on with outstanding tenacity. Remarkably delineated and vibrant Pinot Noir. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Pinot Noir Swan Terrace, from a parcel in Alpine Vineyard, comes across as soft, round and floral, with a sensual expression of fruit and a graceful personality. Harvey calls this his ‘Chambolle’ like wine. I find it quite pretty, but lacking the mid-palate pliancy and sweetness of the very finest wines in the lineup. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2011)


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