Jeb Dunnuck 96
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard offers a more savory, mineral style as well as terrific depth of fruit. Lots of currant and black cherry fruits, ample rocky, earthy minerality, medium to full body, and a seamless texture all emerge from the glass. This classic Horseshoe Vineyard release has building structure that’s going to benefit from a few years in the cellar."
Vinous Media 97
"Even better than it was from barrel, the 2016 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard is a flat-out stunner. Crazy, beautiful, deeply spiced aromatics literally explode from the glass. Broad and ample on the palate, with tremendous intensity, the Horseshoe has a lot to offer. Orange peel, mint and spice overtones add an exotic flair. This is an utterly captivating Pinot Noir from Rhys.
-- Antonio Galloni"
Wine Advocate 94
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard takes some time to unwind in the glass, unfurling to reveal notes of strawberries, red cherries, rich spices, forest floor and subtle grilled meat. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, taut and youthfully firm, its bright core of concentrated fruit framed by chalky, fine-grained tannins. This is one of the most tightly coiled wines in the range and will require 5 or 6 years of patience. But when it shows all its cards, its precision and energy will be striking."
Planted in 2004 with a total of 17.5 acres, Horseshoe Ranch is our most beautiful vineyard site. It is less than 1/2 mile from Alpine vineyard, but they are different in many ways. The ridge between the vineyards protects Horseshoe from some of the direct ocean influence but allows for similarly cool temperatures. More importantly, Horseshoe lies on a ridge of sedimentary shale called Monterey formation that has made its way to surface over the millenia. This lightweight, brittle rust-mottled shale is prevalent throughout the surface and soil providing for low vigor and outstanding drainage.
The wines produced at Horseshoe are uniquely minerally, precise and focused. They offer an almost palpable tension that greatly rewards aging.
1360' to 1610'
Top soils range from 6" to 20" with a base of sedimentary rock and volcanic ash
Monterey formation with intermingled limestone is 11-15 million years old (Miocene)
13 Pinot Noir clones, 3 Syrah clones; 4 Chardonnay clones
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"Rhys Vineyards aspires to make great wines from unique and expressive vineyards. In this pursuit, they select five different sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. They believe that unique vineyard expression is the key to truly great wine, and they use the following practices in adhering to these values:
A relentless, spare-no-expense focus on producing the best possible fruit in the vineyard; Carefully selected cool weather sites that offer interesting and expressive soil character; Natural winemaking with minimal intervention.
These core tenets help them to produce ageworthy wines that emphasize vineyard expression, balance, fresh fruit, and concentration.
They manage their vineyards using a philosophy based on Organic and Biodynamic farming. Their goal is to foster biodiversity and treat the vineyard as a self-sustaining living organism. This biodiversity provides the vineyards with a balanced, natural immune system allowing them to minimize outside input to the vineyard and avoid non-Organic chemical applications. Most importantly, this natural environment enhances their grapevines' ability to express the unique geology of their sites."