Rhys Aeris Centennial Mountain Vineyard Bricco Rosso 2017
|California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Tasted from foudre, the 2017 Nebbiolo Centennial Mountain Vineyard is very promising, exhibiting a classic Nebbiolo bouquet of balsamic cherry, dried herbs, rose petal and licorice. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and succulent, with a sappy core of fruit and supple, fine-grained and varietally typical tannins. The finish is quite long. It's going to be fascinating to see how this comes together as it matures.
The 2017 Etna Rosso Centenari takes its time to fully blossom in the glass, but it’s well worth the wait for a rich and captivating display of crushed black raspberries, plums and licorice mixed with hints of mint and camphor. Here I’m finding depths of silky, elegant textures, and a polished display of blackberries and currant lifted by cooling herbal notes. The concentration of primary fruit is something to behold, but even more impressive is the perfect balance that’s maintained. Sweet tannins linger, yet as more of an accent than an obstruction, as this finishes long and lightly structured with dark inner florals. The 2017 is already pretty, but it will also benefit from a short stay in the cellar.