I subscribe to a number of wine mailing lists. For a variety of reasons, they all seem to distribute their mailers clustered around certain times of year. Primarily January-February and July-August in my experience.
I'm on more lists than I want to admit, and there's not enough money to go around for me to buy wine from all of them. These are all wineries I like or am curious about, but inevitably, some are going to get skipped this go round.
As I was paring my list this January, I was contemplating dropping Rhys Vineyards, a small producer in the Santa Cruz area. I've only received one earlier mailer from them having joined their waiting list around 2008. I'd opened a couple of their second label Pinot Noirs (Alesia) and found them competent, but in a style that is less fruit driven and more earth driven, which generally doesn't appeal to me.
To help me decide whether or not to skip Rhys this time, I decided to pop one more bottle (trying allocate my wine budget is hard work!). This time I settled on the Alesia Falstaff Road Pinot.
- 2007 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Falstaff Road Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (1/30/2010)
Tasted over a couple days. In the glass, this is more deeply colored than I expected with a dark garnet color and just slight translucence. Complex nose of minerals, cinnamon, black cherry fruit and stems. Rich concentrated sweet/savory black cherry/waxy cherry. Medium to medium full bodied. (92 pts.)
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In short, I expected, (even hoped in light of the mailer in my inbox), not to like this, but it turned out to be one of the best Pinot's I've had lately. Little pricey for a second label, but very good. I think I was expecting something less fruit driven and was pleasantly surprised. My conundrum continues.