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2009 Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Vivid ruby.  Ripe red berries and cherry-vanilla on the nose, with complicating notes of dried rose, cola and Asian spices.  Fleshy and smooth in texture, offering sweet but lively red and dark berry flavors and hints of sassafras and candied rose.  Finishes on an expansive cherry note, with resonating spiciness and a sexy floral nuance.

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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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