From 375. Sandalwood, kirsch and a very sweet full bodied, ripe nose. Still quite young, tart and tannic on the palate. A little rough and tumble at the moment - some time in the bottle will do it good.
Jud, I’m gonna tack onto your note. We seem to agree on the curve here, what you call rough and tumble, I think of it as power and concentration that is still young. BTW, the ABV on this is listed at 13.8%, which probably helps speak to some of the concentration and fruit power here that is coming through. Not used to drinking Rhys at nearly 14 points.
2017 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (6/6/2020)
Opened yesterday, working through more of the bottle today. Without food, just lightly chilled from a Burg stem. This is reminiscent of the July 2019 bottle I had at the winery, dominated by cherry. Juicy, broad on the palate, with some spicy cinnamon, dark plum and lots of savory cherry. And if I let the wine sit with me and sense it a bit more, there is some red apple here and then a cedary note into the finish. This bottle seems more powerful and concentrated, and given the air this saw since yesterday, this portends a good aging curve. I will say too that this bottle has the same ‘pure’ feel that I found in the July 2019 bottle. Overall, this vintage of Bear will need some more time but the guts and power is here.
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