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TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting

#1 Post by dcornutt » May 17th, 2009, 8:31 am

Friday night several of us got together to enjoy some wine, food and company. The theme was a celebration of Rhys/Alesia. We did include a few others.
A really grand night. Some wonderful people.

Here are some notes from the tasting.

All wines were double decanted and left open for 4 to 5 hours afterwards except the Chardonnays.



Chardonnay (Unblinded)


Rhys 2005

A reductive note on the nose. The palate is full and shows pretty good fruit. An element of charcoal on the finish that takes away a little from the experience.

Rhys 2006

A limpid crystal clear color. The nose is so nice. Fruit and minerals in harmony. The palate is full and extends for some time. A+ stuff.

Rhys 2007

A really effusive nose of floral elements and bright white fruit. The palate is lighter here. It dances more in the mouth. The fruit is dominating at this point but the finish goes on and on. When this tames with some time. Look out! A wine of finesse.

Aubert “Lauren” 2007

A riper nose with a hint of vanillin. There is more power here. The palate shows a great harmony of fruit and some spicy elements. The length is fantastic. Again this needs time to tame all the elements. This is fabulous.



Flight One (Alesia 2006) Blinded



Wine One

A gorgeous wine out of the gate. Lots of bright red fruit but with good focus. Good concentration here. A nice finish. Not really complex but very satisfying.

Wine Two

Lighter. The nose shows bright red pinot fruit. There is an extra element and sensation of minerals on the palate here. Fantastic length here. I liked this quite a bit.

Wine Three

Darker and spicier. The nose shows an almost earthy dark pinot fruit. Clean. Good focus. Very good length. A very good wine but not one of my favorites.

Wine Four

Very closed in on the nose and palate. This is more structured. Nice pure dark red pinot fruit. A nice finish. This just needs time to age.

Wine Five

Lighter color. A glorious nose. A mix of darker pinot fruit and some spice. The palate is light in the mouth but just bursts with flavor. A long finish. This was my personal favorite and along with #2 one of the best for the group.


1. Alesia 2006 Sonoma Coast
2. Alesia 2006 Falstaff Vineyard
3. Alesia 2006 Chileno Vineyard
4. Alesia 2006 Green Valley
5. Alesia 2006 San Mateo



Flight Two (Alesia and Others 2007) Blinded


Wine One

A fantastically rich nose of red to dark red pinot fruit. An element of spice that is totally integrated. An incredible palate presence with almost perfect harmony. Long in the mouth. Dominated by fruit at this point. This should become something very good.

Wine Two

A lighter color here. More restrained nose of darker fruit. The palate shows beautiful darker fruit. Pure and focused. This needs some time to flesh out.


Wine Three

Less concentration here. More floral elements and spice in the nose. A beautiful reddish pinot fruit here with some other element that adds a little complexity. Good length. Dominated by fruit at this point but this is nice.

Wine Four

Darker and concentrated. Very fruit forward. Some element of complex spice. Rich in the mouth but sexy. Doesn’t become too strong or overwhelm you. Very good harmony here. This is the flashy one. This took several first place votes.



1. Kutch 2007 Sonoma Coast
2. Alesia 2007 Green Valley
3. Alesia 2007 Falstaff Vineyard
4. Kutch 2007 Kanzler Vineyard




Flight Three (Rhy’s and Copain) Blinded



Wine One

Dark fruit. A complex nose that is fruit forward. The palate shows great volume. Dark fruit and finishing spice. Terrific.


Wine Two

Oh my! The nose here is intoxicating. More complex dark fruit and spice. The palate is multidimensional. What incredible length. Wow!!!

Wine Three

This one is very one dimensional at this point. Darker fruit. There is good acidity, which balanced it on the finish. This needs some time.


Wine Four

Dark fruit. Again this is rather fruit driven. The finish is nice and there is good volume but this needs time.

Wine Five

The nose is rather closed in on this one. There is a focus and clarity of fruit on the nose and palate that is special. This needs time to unwind.


1. Rhys Alpine 2006
2. Rhys Home 2004 (BT Bob’s and glad to have more)
3. Copain Kiser en Haut 2006
4. Rhys Alpine 2006 (Yes. I screwed up and opened this instead of Hillside)
5. Rhys Swan Terrace 2006



Flight Four (Dain, Rhys, Roumier, Kutch, Rivers Marie) Double Blinded

These wines even with palate fatigue were uniformly rocking good.


Wine One

A gorgeous nose of almost floral type dark pinot fruit. The palate is so wonderfully balanced. Fabulous length. I really liked this!


Wine Two

Very lush and big fruited. The nose and palate show very nice balance and vibrancy despite this. A really nice finish.

Wine Three

Dark pinot fruit and spice on the nose. A subtle palate that just brims with minerality. Great length. I loved this.

Wine Four

Holy S… This is the total package. Medium concentrated red fruit with floral elements. The palate is so seductive. Vibrant. Incredible length despite being young. Profound. Wow!!!

Wine Five

This is a wine that shows great restraint. Focused red fruit. Pure. Vibrant in the mouth. This only needs some time to flesh out complexity. This is special.


1. Dain Savage Juliette 2007
2. Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard 2006
3. Kutch McDougal 2007
4. Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 2005
5. Rhys Skyline Vineyard 2007

A really great finishing flight!

WsOTN for me. Tie: 2005 Roumier Chambolle-Musigny and 2004 Rhys Home Vineyard.


We had some sweets at the end. What a grand evening.
Kevin. You are just the best. Some incredible wines. Thanks so much.
Big thanks also to Dain and Jamie. Some incredible wines there too.

Good luck with your odds and ends purchases. Some great values to be had I am sure.

Here are a few photos from Charles Johnson.

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Cheers,

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#2 Post by Cris Whetstone » May 17th, 2009, 12:56 pm

Outstanding lineup Don. Thanks for the notes.
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#3 Post by Dennis Atick » May 17th, 2009, 2:11 pm

This was really a great night of wine.
Each of the wines was outstanding in its own right.
Would be happy to keep my cellar full of any or all of them.
Some of the best Cali pinot going; even in their youth, they shined.
A great evening with great guys.
Thanks, Don!
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#4 Post by Michael Bowden » May 17th, 2009, 5:08 pm

Don, thanks for sharing your house and wines. Great notes....always good to see wines from year to year.
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#5 Post by Dennis Atick » March 28th, 2019, 5:18 pm

I was searching for something and stumbled upon this old thread.
What a great night of wine. Fun to look back on some of these early Rhys and Kutch wines.
I cannot believe it's been 10 years. Where does the time go?
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#6 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » March 28th, 2019, 5:37 pm

Incredible dumpster dive. I am drinking a 2009 Rhys Horseshoe Pinot right now, and it’s special.
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#7 Post by Mike Evans » March 28th, 2019, 8:50 pm

Wow, great tasting. I still have bottles left of most of the Rhys/Alesias you had that night and have also had many of the Alesias in the past few years as well. I’ve been pretty happy with almost all of them.

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#8 Post by dcornutt » March 29th, 2019, 2:31 am

That was a lot of fun!
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#9 Post by Dennis Atick » March 29th, 2019, 3:05 am

Mike Evans wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Wow, great tasting. I still have bottles left of most of the Rhys/Alesias you had that night and have also had many of the Alesias in the past few years as well. I’ve been pretty happy with almost all of them.
Would be fun to revisit some of the older Rhys/Alesia wines from that night. I know where to find you. [cheers.gif]
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#10 Post by T. Williams » March 29th, 2019, 3:32 am

That sounds like a wonderful night! Thanks for the notes. With the Rhys futures offer sitting in my inbox I’ve been waivering on whether or not to exercise my offer for some 375s. I think this solidifies it.

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#11 Post by Mike Evans » March 29th, 2019, 5:17 am

Dennis Atick wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 3:05 am
Mike Evans wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Wow, great tasting. I still have bottles left of most of the Rhys/Alesias you had that night and have also had many of the Alesias in the past few years as well. I’ve been pretty happy with almost all of them.
Would be fun to revisit some of the older Rhys/Alesia wines from that night. I know where to find you. [cheers.gif]
That idea is why I mentioned that I have them, I’d love to share some older wines with people who would appreciate them.

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#12 Post by Kevin Harvey » March 29th, 2019, 5:50 am

Dennis Atick wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 5:18 pm
I cannot believe it's been 10 years. Where does the time go?
This thread made me think the same thing! 10 years, Wow! It feels like yesterday.
Thanks to everyone for taking this journey with us!!
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#13 Post by Alan Gottlieb » March 29th, 2019, 9:22 am

Mike Evans wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 5:17 am
Dennis Atick wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 3:05 am
Mike Evans wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Wow, great tasting. I still have bottles left of most of the Rhys/Alesias you had that night and have also had many of the Alesias in the past few years as well. I’ve been pretty happy with almost all of them.
Would be fun to revisit some of the older Rhys/Alesia wines from that night. I know where to find you. [cheers.gif]
That idea is why I mentioned that I have them, I’d love to share some older wines with people who would appreciate them.
Count me in! [cheers.gif]

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#14 Post by dcornutt » March 29th, 2019, 5:12 pm

Let's do it. I offer up my house again. I still have some of those Alesias too. No 2004 Homes however now. That wine was SO good.
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#15 Post by EricG » March 29th, 2019, 7:43 pm

I still have a few from ‘08, ‘10 and ‘12. Sounds like we could do a fun “first decade” testing.
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#16 Post by bradkaplan » March 29th, 2019, 8:12 pm

(I've got some '07 still! happily in!)
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#17 Post by Peter Petersen » March 29th, 2019, 9:18 pm

Sounds like a great tasting.

I too have a few from ‘07-‘09 that I have to find the right occasions to pop.

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#18 Post by rob klafter » March 30th, 2019, 4:11 am

dcornutt wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Let's do it. I offer up my house again. I still have some of those Alesias too. No 2004 Homes however now. That wine was SO good.

think i have one. absolutely have a solo 2004 vintage bottle left
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#19 Post by rob klafter » March 30th, 2019, 4:11 am

and a magnum of 2006. waiting for the proper venue
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#20 Post by Dennis Atick » March 30th, 2019, 4:14 am

Wasn't my intention, but I do like what I have done here. I have a couple of '07 and '08s lingering.
Let's get it on the books, boys! [cheers.gif]
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#21 Post by Mike Evans » March 30th, 2019, 7:04 am

Not from this tasting, but here is an assortment of my notes on older Alesia’s:

2004 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (7/11/2018)
Just beautiful, tart red fruit, a touch of stems bring a bit of menthol and spice, it just makes me happy. (92 pts.)

2004 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Chileno Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (3/28/2013)
It started out pleasantly enough when it was first opened, with the ruby wrapped garnet color showing no signs of its age, subdued dark cherry with a little green stemminess, and a slightly bitter tannic kick on the back end.

It blossomed as it warmed up and aired out, gaining complexity with blackberry and raspberry joining the party, and bringing a little spice with them. The tannin faded into the background and a little acidity came out to play, but both were mainly discernable through their effects, providing structure to frame the fruit and ample enough to cleanse the palate after bites of prime steak.

It really hit its stride toward the end of the night (and of the bottle), as I found myself muttering exclamations of joy under by breath with each sniff of the glass. I think it has peaked, but it has done so at a higher level than I'd expected, and shouldn't descend too precipitously. I'll drink what little I have left of this wine over the next year or two, with hopes that they can match the pleasure this bottle offered.

2004 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Sonatera Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (10/3/2014)
Skeletal and tight at first , showing bones of ample tannin and acidity but not a lot of fruit, but it fleshed out nicely with air. A little simple, with more purple fruit than most other Alesia bottlings, but still very pleasant and with plenty of life remaining. (90 pts.)

2005 Rhys Alesia Syrah Fairview Ranch - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (6/2/2015)
Assorted Wines at Peach & the Porkchop (Peach & the Porkchop, Roswell, GA): Still very youthful, with brambly fruit and black olives, with substantial but ripe tannin. Very nice. (92 pts.)

2006 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Green Valley of Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley of Russian River Valley (2/21/2018)
Very pretty but really blossoms with air, as tangerine peel and a little pine cones out to play, clearly California but with class and restraint. Still plenty of gas left in the tank on this one but it is very good now with some time open. (91 pts.)

2006 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (12/25/2015)
Lovely and seductive, it's drinking incredibly well with cranberry-orange, plum, and spice and good tannic grip supporting the fruit and letting it shine. It needs a little air to fully open up and come together and doesn't look to be fading any time soon. (92 pts.)

2006 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (12/14/2018)
Pure red cherry with a bit of spice and a soupçon of menthol, lovely and nearly impossible to stop drinking. (91 pts.)

2006 Rhys Alesia Syrah Fairview Ranch - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (12/31/2016)
Bright brambly fruit but not too sweet with a little mint and pepper, it is evolving very slowly. (90 pts.)

2006 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir San Mateo County - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County (11/27/2014)
Bright juicy red fruit with a little tomato skin and spice, it picks up intensity through the middle with fine tannin and a hint of tart acidity primes the mouth for another sip. This is a really pretty wine in its prime time, almost irresistible. (92 pts.)

2006 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir San Mateo County - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County (11/23/2017)
Pretty red fruit and spice with a little herbal tang, it is fine match for Thanksgiving dinner. (91 pts.)

2007 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Green Valley of Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley of Russian River Valley (4/7/2017)
Tangy cherry and raspberry with a bit of menthol, very nice. (91 pts.)

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#22 Post by Robert Titelman » March 31st, 2019, 2:42 pm

I have some in the 2006-2009 range willing to share.

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