2004 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir
August 14, 2015: Ready with complex sous bois aromatics. Riper vintage but still balanced. Just one barrel made.
December, 2011: This is drinking well. Drink.
January, 2010: This is just entering its drinking window but it is still quite structured. Make sure to give it an hour of air if opened. Drink/Hold.
January, 2009: This is still a baby and dominated by primary fruit. It can be approached today but will be much better with more time. Drink/Hold.
January, 2007: Alpine Vineyard is a vineyard of extremes. The contrast of the rugged Pacific Ocean in the distance and steep, rocky slopes promises something special. In 2004 this vineyard rejected its Burgundian heritage and produced a single barrel of uniquely Californian Pinot Noir. Beguiling wild black fruits and minerals on the nose. Enormously concentrated flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and black raspberry lead to what Matt Kramer called the “Kaliedescopic” mineral-driven mid palate. This can be enjoyed now for its black fruit and power, but we recommend a few years of cellaring to fully experience the unique complexity of this site.