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2006 Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir Alesia Chileno Valley Sonoma Coast
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89(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008

($44) Light red. Musky red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by smoky loam and pungent herbs. Taut raspberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up sweet cured tobacco and cocoa powder character with air, along with dusty tannins. Finishes with mounting grip and good sappy cling. The least forthcoming of this set of pinot releases right now, but possesses good concentration and no excess weight.

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