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Alesia Rhys Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011

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WHWC Staff Notes: When the Alesia wines (Rhys' second label) showed up, I noticed that they were less than half the price of Rhys. While my expectations were high, they were also very wrong. I was expecting a brooding, big, overripe, dark, fruity wine with strong, oaky tannins. What I got was a medium-bodied, smooth Pinot that was just downright pretty. The bouquet was floral and mineral, the palate elegant and smooth, bringing together a slight earthiness with the lively fruit. This is every bit the classic, Sonoma Coast Pinot. As the wine aerated, it just kept getting better and better. The second taste on day two was impressive, as well. The acidity for aging is there, and the abv is a very sensible 12.8%. While not cheap, it is worth every penny. - Casey Carmichael, 3/28/14

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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At Rhys Vineyards we aspire to make great wines from unique and expressive vineyards. This pursuit has lead us to select five different sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Our overriding belief that unique vineyard expression is the key to truly great wine leads us to an approach that includes: * A relentless, spare-no-expense, focus on producin... Read more
At Rhys Vineyards we aspire to make great wines from unique and expressive vineyards. This pursuit has lead us to select five different sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Our overriding belief that unique vineyard expression is the key to truly great wine leads us to an approach that includes: * A relentless, spare-no-expense, focus on producing the best possible fruit in the vineyard * Carefully selected cool weather sites that offer interesting and expressive soil character * Natural winemaking with minimal intervention These core tenets help us produce ageworthy wines that emphasize vineyard expression, balance, fresh fruit, and concentration. Read less

Member Reviews for Alesia Rhys Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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Snooth User: EMark
8478048,495
3.50 5
10/02/2015

Light red fruit flavors—strawberry, cherry, plum. Nice medium-bodied wine. Very easy on the palate—enough acid to make you notice but not enough to distract. Fairly short finish.


Snooth User: EMark
8478048,495
3.50 5
02/04/2016

Slightly murky maroon color. Something of a microbial nose—yogurt—with, maybe, some herbaceousness. Very light hit of strawberry on the tip of the tongue. Fairly light bodied. Negligible tannin. Very light acid. Interesting sensation at the back of the palate—melon, as much as anything.



WHWC Staff Notes: When the Alesia wines (Rhys' second label) showed up, I noticed that they were less than half the price of Rhys. While my expectations were high, they were also very wrong. I was expecting a brooding, big, overripe, dark, fruity wine with strong, oaky tannins. What I got was a medium-bodied, smooth Pinot that was just downright pretty. The bouquet was floral and mineral, the palate elegant and smooth, bringing together a slight earthiness with the lively fruit. This is every bit the classic, Sonoma Coast Pinot. As the wine aerated, it just kept getting better and better. The second taste on day two was impressive, as well. The acidity for aging is there, and the abv is a very sensible 12.8%. While not cheap, it is worth every penny. - Casey Carmichael, 3/28/14

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