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2006 - Rhys Alesia - Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Falstaff Road Vineyard
2006 - Rhys Alesia - Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Falstaff Road Vineyard

Rhys is the passion and adventure of Kevin Harvey, a Californian IT entrepreneur and Burgundy aficionado who is committed to making the finest possible wines of distinctive terroir in California. In 2001 he began planting on very carefully selected sites, and the first Rhys wines were released in the 2004 vintage. These are wines of intensity and elegance, that stand on their own ground - neither trying to be Burgundy, nor anything like most Californian Pinots.

The Alesia wine is made with purchased grapes, but with the same philosophy as the estate grown wines – concentration from low yields and pure, fresh fruit flavors. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Falstaff Road Vineyard, near Freestone - one of the coolest Pinot growing regions in the world. Combined with classic Goldridge soils, this is a beautifully balanced and fresh example from the “true” Sonoma Coast, just a few miles from the Pacific.


ABV 14 %                   Fruit – NR, Flavour – NR, Body – NR

HPB Rating
NR
Tasted
Not tasted.

Burghound
91
© A. Meadows,
A high-toned and very pure red raspberry and cranberry fruit nose nuanced by subtle and very deft hints of spice, wood and a bit of crushed herb merges into sweet, round, rich and textured medium-weight flavors that possess a seductive texture yet concede nothing in terms of precision and detail on the admirably persistent and slightly dusty finish. This is a lovely, indeed almost understated wine of finesse and balance but with plenty of vibrancy. (Drink starting 2011).

Int. Wine Cellar
91
© J. Raynolds, 2008
Medium red. Spiced cherry and black raspberry on the nose, with cocoa powder and baking spices adding complexity. Fleshy and deep, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors, a supple texture and sexy Asian spices on the back end. The oak element blends smoothly with the berry fruit and adds spice to the long, sappy finish. This is already very seductive.

Cellartracker
90.3

Average reviewer score. Read all 132 reviews here.

Price Basis:‡3278 .. Single bottle (75cl) UK VAT & duty paid .. £42.00 (6 in stock)
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