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Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
  • RP94
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Winemaker Notes

Horseshoe produced another fantastic Pinot Noir in 2009, showcasing the hallmark floral notes, flinty minerality and tensile strength associated with the vineyard. The nose showcases the crushed violets, rose petal, spice and wet stone aromas that are typical of the site, with subtle dark fruits in the background. The palate echoes the nose, with sappy black cherry and blackberry fruit pierced with flinty minerality and lifted floral notes. Horseshoe is a study in contrasts, as it is one of Rhys' most structured pinots, with arguably the most weightless and elegant mouthfeel of the entire lineup. Although the Horseshoe Pinot will drink well with several hours of air, it needs a few years in bottle to really show its character, and it should continue to improve for at least a decade.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard is the most virile wine in this lineup. Black cherries, mint, iron and crushed rocks come together in this dramatic, generous Pinot. The fleshiness of the fruit nearly covers the tannins, but they are lurking beneath the wine’s considerable fleshiness. Menthol, pine and a host of other dark, balsamic notes wrap around the insistent, powerful finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Exhibits enticing hot brick and earthy traits, with a dense core of beefy dried berry, black tea, white pepper and cedar, holding its focus and ending long and persistent. Should reward cellaring. Drink now through 2022.
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Rhys Vineyards, , California
Rhys Vineyards
The folks at Rhys Vineyards aspire to make great wines from unique and expressive vineyards. This pursuit has lead them to select five different sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Their overriding belief that unique vineyard expression is the key to truly great wine leads them to an approach that includes: 1. A relentless, spare-no-expense, focus on producing the best possible fruit in the vineyard; 2. Carefully selected cool weather sites that offer interesting and expressive soil character; 3. Natural winemaking with minimal intervention.

These core tenets help produce ageworthy wines that emphasize vineyard expression, balance, fresh fruit, and concentration.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

DRSHORSEPN_2009 Item# 122638

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