Horseshoe Vineyard, Pinot Noir
    Rhys Vineyards

    Horseshoe Vineyard, Pinot Noir,

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    Rhys Vineyards, Horseshoe Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2017

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Rhys Vineyards, Horseshoe Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2017

    Compared to Bearwallow this is decidedly paler in both colour and the shade of aromas that emerge from the glass. Wild strawberry, mountain herb and orange peel notes, a complex stoniness, oyster shell, pine resin and fine smoke - this is complex, savoury and delicious. On the palate, fine supple fruit notes meet layers of minerality, tea and herbs, crushed stones and wild woodland berries. Savoury and beguiling yet also ethereal and lifted; wild red fruits with mountain and maritime nuance, - another beautifully balanced intensely mineral Horseshoe Pinot that fans out across the palate, weightless yet persistent. It’s a delight now but probably deserves a couple of years to be at its very best.

    ABV:
    12.7%
    96/100
    Antonio Galloni, Vinous
    The 2019 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard is one of the most powerful, structured wines in this lineup. It has so much to offer, but very clearly needs quiet a bit of time. Strong mineral and savory accents drive the balance today. Crushed rocks, tobacco, cedar and earthy notes are very much in the foreground, while the fruit appears quite reticent at this stage. The Horseshoe was done with fully destemmed fruit and yet it is quite closed. I can hardly wait to taste it with some time in bottle.
    Date Reviewed:
    05/2022

    specifications

    country:
    USA
    region:
    California
    style:
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    Allergen Information:
    This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
    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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