Red

2008 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2016 - 2025 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 107

  • Tubulus wrote:

    September 7, 2021 - Not much different from my last note from 2016. It tastes fine, maybe I'd guess syrah blind but not distinctive. Still tannic and not showing much even on night two. I drank all my bottles so I'll probably never find out if this ever turns into something more interesting.

  • grafstrb wrote:

    August 3, 2021 - -- bottle opened 1.75 hours before tasting --
    -- tasted a single glass non-blind --

    NOSE: school paste; ripe, rich purple fruits; light savory/funk facet.

    BODY: lots of sediment present; medium bodied.

    TASTE: a little thin on flavor --- almost nothing on the rear palate; ripe purple fruits; some oak; it's "fine," but not exciting. Gut impression score: somewhere in the mid to upper 80s.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • imafloormatt wrote: 85 points

    July 2, 2021 - Very straight forward wine. A little bit of meatiness and pepper which made it easily identifiable at a blind tasting. Not much character besides that. The most interesting part was that it tasted much younger than 2008.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • spartap Does not like this wine: 87 points

    March 19, 2021 - Dark purple/garnet color. Medium minus nose with hints of black pepper and blackberry. Palate with medium minus intensity, low tannin with chalkiness, low acidity, medium minus body, medium alcohol,
    Reminds me of a nondescript cabernet blend between $10-15. Disappointing.

  • devillighter wrote: 89 points

    February 21, 2021 - Decanted and consumed over four hours. Dark fruit aromas, blackberry and raspberry. Nose is restrained, not giving too much. Elegant mouthfeel that I find to be a common characteristic of Rhys reds. On the palate is more dark red fruit with a savory acidic backbone. This is a civilized Syrah - not getting the wilder character that Syrah can have.

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JebDunnuck.com

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    California in the spotlight!, Issue #6, 11/30/2010 (link)

    (Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Ranch Vineyard) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2010, Issue #29, In Search of California’s New and Old Schools of Terroir

    (Rhys Vineyards “Horseshoe Ranch Vineyard” Syrah) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/25/2012 (link) 93 points

    (Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard) Opaque black red violet color; roasted black fruit, pepper, tar nose; tasty, poised, tart black fruit, roasted black fruit palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Rhys
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Horseshoe Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (0%)
  • In Cellars 831 (53%)
  • Consumed 739 (47%)

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