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Community Tasting Notes (57) Avg Score: 91.9 points

  • Medium to dark ruby, only slightly translucent. Looks almost like a medium bodied cab. Nose at first seems tarry and a bit like acetone, but gives way to strawberry jam and perhaps cotton candy. California style Pinot Noir with fairly chewy texture. The fruit seems sweet but lacks some complexity and there are few secondary flavors. The finish is a bit short. Not sure how well this will age? My first bottle of Rhys Pinot which is well regarded and hard to come by, but for my taste lacks the finesse and complexity to warrant a much higher score. Better with food like smoked duck leg which was a great complement.

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  • May have been an off bottle. There was a flavor there that was hard to identify but I wasn't happy with the showing. I'll have to revisit soon.

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  • PnP. Medium deep red. Complex nose of black fruits, spice, and forest floor. Medium full depth on the palate with spicy whole cluster nuances adding to the black/red fruit combo. Long finish which has some tannins to resolve but not obtrusive. This is drinking well but may evolve into something more seamless with a few more years. One of the better Rhys I have had. Opened after an '07 Williams-Selyem Weir proved undrinkable.

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  • Captivating, daring bouquet balances stems, buttoned-up cherry fruit, and spice. The fruit again is lively and distinctive. Fresh but not youthful; direct. Tastes like California without being in the oft-maligned old California style. Really memorable.
    (Double decanted)

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  • My first bottle of the '09 Horseshoe, and it was a beauty that promises to continue to improve. The whole cluster complements the asian spice, tea and cherry components. Medium plus acidity made this an excellent accompaniment with brined chicken and braised short ribs.

    I will check back in 2018-2020 for bottle 2.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/28/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard) Barrel sample - very dark purple red violet color; tight, coiled, intense, black raspberry, pepper, green pepper nose; intense, tight, powerful, ripe and tart black cherry, black raspberry, pepper palate, somewhat reminiscent of a Corton in its power and intensity; long finish 93-95 pts.(100% whole cluster; 13.3% alcohol)

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