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Rhys - Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard (San Mateo County)
Popped and poured. Drank over two days. Ruby color. Aromas of cherry, spice, and a bit of strawberry. Sour cherry on the palate with a silky texture and very soft tannins. Fairly high acid wine with a bit of sweetness. Very enjoyable medium-bodied wine, though was hoping for more structure and mineral tones more akin to a mountain wine or a Burgundy. Very little experience with Rhys wines, so hard to say if this wine improves much over the next 3+ years. Because the tannins already are lying down, I don't expect dramatic improvements from this wine; try again in 1-2 years.
Louis Roederer - Brut Premier
Bright and fresh. Mild citrus flavors; some yeast and richness in the mid-palate. Well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely a "go to" NV bubbly!
Camille Giroud - Volnay
Popped and poured. Bright, light ruby color. Red fruit and some spice. Very silky texture and great mouth-feel. Short to moderate finish.
Double-decanted 3+ hours prior to drinking. A bit surprised at how well this wine was showing due to the vintage and its relative youth. Rich but elegant wine with seamless balance of fruit, acid and structure. A rather powerful wine but not heavy in any way. This wine should drink well for many years.
Double-decanted 3+ hours prior to drinking. Dark fruits, even some plum, along with some mocha.