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2007 - Rhys Alesia - Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  Falstaff Road Vineyard
2007 - 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

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Not tasted.

Burghound
90
© A. Meadows, 2009
A subtle hint of menthol, black raspberry and cherry plus a hint of underbrush leads to delicious, round, ripe and sappy medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration and plenty of dry extract that buffers the solid tannic spine and coats the palate. There is some warmth that arrives on the finish though it's not enough to really affect the balance. (Drink starting 2013).

Int. Wine Cellar
93
© J. Raynolds, 2009
Deep, bright red. Ripe red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by blood orange and fresh flowers. Fleshy, palate-coating red fruit flavors deliver solid punch and pick up a sexy Indian spice character with air. The finish repeats the deep cherry note and leaves dusty mineral and floral traces in its expansive wake. I'd resist opening this one for at least another three years.

Cellartracker
90.8

Average reviewer score. Read all 125 reviews here.

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