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2009 Rhys "Alpine Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (1.5L)

SKU #1198528 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (8/2011)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (10/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

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