Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 93

  • egh Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 3, 2019 - Impresses for its aromatics, depth, and balance. Refined and nicely integrated with no overt whole cluster derived herbal/stem notes to be found. The aromatic and flavor profile consists of tart red cherry, blue/red berries, violet, earthy, and spicy notes. 13.5% abv.

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  • rama Likes this wine:

    September 9, 2019 - My last split, and from the most recent note, thought I'd try this as a PnP. It was aromatically closed and thin bodied this way and really took a few hours and some vigorous swirling in the glass to show its true self. As my note from ~10 months ago said, this wine is ready for business and is quite delicious (at that time it was double decanted). Spicy, dark fruited, medium bodied, bright with a long rich saline finish. I plan on continued upside for these.

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  • Rieslingfan wrote:

    September 8, 2019 - Rhys Pinots are the gift we’re always waiting for. They show so much promise, but they are always too young, too closed, too unevolved for pure enjoyment. The 2012 Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir seems to actually be turning the corner. It’s aromatically gorgeous, as well as complex. Fruit is joined by herbal tones, and the elusive “sous bois” that is often talked about, but rarely experienced outside the rarified terroirs of Burgundy. There is still ample depth for further upside development, though it does not have much tannin left, so be careful.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Richard P Howden Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 2, 2019 - Consistent with previous notes. Holding up well.

  • Burgundy Al wrote: flawed

    August 20, 2019 - Rhys Dinner Following Rhys Tasting (Prairie Grass - Northbrook IL): Seemed dilute and pale with little of interest. An off bottle?

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    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/2/2014 (link) 93 points

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard) Final blend pre-bottling: black-tinged dark red violet color; appealing, tart berry, black cherry, baked berry nose; rich, poised, ripe black cherry, tart berry, black cherry syrup palate; needs 1-2 years; long finish (13.3% alcohol; 20% whole cluster)93+-95+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • 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 82 (2%)
  • In Cellars 2,368 (67%)
  • Consumed 1,076 (31%)

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