Horseshoe Vineyard, Chardonnay
Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard, Chardonnay,

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Rhys Vineyards, Horseshoe Vineyard, Chardonnay, 2017

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Rhys Vineyards, Horseshoe Vineyard, Chardonnay, 2017

There's a greater sense of density and richness to Horseshoe, vs. Alpine, but no less minerality or precision. In fact, the stony salty elements are if anything even more pronounced here, a Chardonnay full of energy that bristles with crisp citrus and salt flavours but also impressive depth and concentration. Salty, taut, full of virile crisp stone, grapefruit and tangerine flavours and the merest hint of sexy smoky reduction in the background. While it might not have the elegance of Alpine, it more than makes up for it in sheer verve and impact. The Horseshoe vineyard is just 1/2 mile from Alpine, inland by a couple of ridges, and less directly influenced by the Ocean. As a source of virile, mineral, taut Chardonnay with great depth, it's very hard to beat.

ABV:
12.5%
96/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
One of the many highlights in this range, the 2018 Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard is positively stunning. Lemon confit, orchard fruit, matchstick, tangerine oil and a range of saline-infused notes all run through the 2018, a Chardonnay that exudes finesse, elegance and a real sense of energy. It is one of the finest Chardonnays I have tasted from Rhys.
Date Reviewed:
09/2020

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country:
USA
region:
California
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Allergen Information:
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Rhys Vineyards

Rhys Vineyards

Kevin Harvey’s Rhys Vineyards has built up a near cult like following in just a decade of releases. His bottlings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from both the Santa Cruz Mountains and now also the Anderson Valley in Mendocino are rightly seen as amongst the very top echelon of wines produced anywhere in the United States.

Everything about these wines speaks of attention to detail and a deep commitment to making great wine. From purchasing uncoopered staves of the finest French oak a full four years prior to cooperage, to the vast underground purpose built winemaking cellar, no detail is left to chance. In the often steep vineyards, vine density is extremely high and as a result farming is entirely manual and very labour intensive. In the winery, vinification is carried out at a micro-level in tiny 4ft square vats: fermentations are native and everything is gravity-fed without pumping, fining or filtration. In essence, the wines are given kid gloves treatment, and then aged in almost neutral French barrels, so better to promote the site specific characters of the vineyards in the portfolio.

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