Red

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 133

  • rosenst1 wrote: 87 points

    October 9, 2019 - PnP. Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Medium red. Lovely floral nose with lavender and spice. Sweet fruit with whole cluster spice and wood character, especially on the finish. I expect this will integrate with air. This did get better with air and became more seamless. I still think the whole clusters are overdone in this wine. With additional air this declined rather rapidly; perhaps this is on a downward slide or else was an off bottle. Surprising and disappointing

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • msuwright wrote: 94 points

    August 26, 2019 - This bright and nuanced Pinot is drinking well right now, with an elegant but powerful profile that Rhys delivers like few others. Pale red in color; light in body; enticing aromas of cherry peel, dried strawberry, eucalyptus, and balsam wood. The tastes are a little more straightforward, but still delicious - notes of cranberry, raspberry, stems, and pine needles, with a layered and lingering finish. 13.3% alcohol. Drink now.

    I drank this on the same night as a 2009 Mount Eden Pinot, a more fulsome interpretation of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Mount Eden was deeper red in color; fuller in mouthfeel; and had a more gamey and earthy nose. Despite being the lighter of the two, though, the Rhys was more nuanced and elegant than the Mount Eden, which seemed a touch sappy and brutish in comparison. Neither would be confused with a ripe and round Russian River Pinot, but each has aged well, in the tradition of rustic, tart, and wild Santa Cruz Pinot.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • bjschmitt Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 17, 2019 - With grilled veal chops, corn on the cob.
    Crimson/cherry, medium deep, a pretty wine, perhaps a touch of mahogany at the meniscus.
    Dark cherry, tobacco, earthy nose spilling onto the palate. Nice length. Drinking very well right now.

  • rhit wrote:

    July 21, 2019 - Six years after my previous bottle. Darker in tone and more sappy than before, with dominant fennel, clove, and spice notes. Perhaps lacking a bit in depth, but much more open and interesting. Might gain a little complexity over the next few years, but drinking pretty well right now.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • wgj77 Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 16, 2019 - Revisiting again four years after my last bottle. This is headed in the right direction and is another great reminder of why it is great to support Rhys. Some '09 flabbiness was there in the form of low acidity. The whole cluster is much more integrated this time as tertiary characteristics are becoming prominent. Any improvement will be modest, so now is a good time to open one.

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  • By Gary Walsh
    3/15/2013 (link)

    (Rhys ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ Pinot Noir) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Allen Meadows
    October 2011, Issue #44 (link)

    (Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir - Horseshoe Vineyard Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Recently Tasted California Wines The Search for Traditionalists Turns Up A Crowd

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

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/28/2011 (link) 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)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Rhys
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Horseshoe Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 29 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,435 (59%)
  • Consumed 969 (40%)

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