Red

2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 53

  • Rieslingfan wrote:

    April 8, 2019 - Corked

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Jahull03 wrote:

    April 7, 2019 - Last half bottle and has mellowed into a lovely spot - starting to show adolescence if not age. Still dark-fruited and generous for 12.5%, and still energetic - but a touch more integrated. Lovely

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • msuwright wrote: 95 points

    February 4, 2019 - This elegant and complex Pinot is drinking beautifully right now, with an incredible level of depth and precision. At the risk of sounding unoriginal, I think Rhys is the best producer of lighter-bodied Pinot in California. This particular wine resembles, rivals, and probably surpasses many premier cru Chambolle-Musigny or Pommard wines in terms of depth, balance, and class. It's serious Burgundy coming to America via the Santa Cruz Mountains - what's not to love?

    Light red in color and light in body, the wine offers aromas of dried strawberry, orange peel, warm straw, and fresh rose petals (yeah, ha ha, silly person using words to describe wine... but try this and tell me you don't smell fresh flowers!). The tastes are layered and delicious: cranberry, raspberry, black tea, rhubarb, and fresh moss. The soft, lingering, and balanced finish is endearing, since it's not bitter, acidic, or tart - common issues, for me, with CA Pinots of this ilk (e.g., Hirsch, Knez, Domaine de la Cote). 12.5% alcohol. Decant at least two hours.

    I've had a few Rhys misfires over the years (especially at the appellation level), but - across the board - no one in the CA Pinot world can so ably float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. I often lean towards CA producers on the fuller end of the spectrum (e.g., Morlet, Cirq), but attention must be paid to a wine this good: it's a fantastic Old World Pinot that offers complexity and balance in a graceful and nimble package. 94-95 for now, with upside in 2020 or later.

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  • juffer Likes this wine: 96 points

    January 13, 2019 - I served this in my wine course. Nose of orange blossom and spice. Elegant medium weight mouth, long clean bright finish. Very impressive, and showed well next to three very nice grand cru and premier cru Burgundies.

    P.S. Nose really opened up and became very aromatic. Bumped this up from a 95 to a 96.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Andyofoto wrote:

    January 5, 2019 - A stellar showing this evening. Decanted for an hour before touching. Aromatic explosion. Great austerity to balance out the sweet fruit. Really really good.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2016, Issue #65, October 2016 American Wines Including A Great Lineup of Cutting Edge Wines From Oregon

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  • By Allen Meadows
    Apr-16, Issue #62 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2015, Issue #58, The Summer of 2015’s Fine Assortment of Traditionalist and Neo-Classical American Wines

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/25/2015 (link)

    (Rhys, Horseshoe Hillside Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014), 10/15/2014 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • 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 101 (3%)
  • In Cellars 2,239 (77%)
  • Consumed 553 (19%)

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