2010 Rhys "Horseshoe Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard is another wine with superb integrity in its fruit and terrific overall balance. Juicy red berries, hard candy, flowers, mint and spices are all woven together nicely. The whole clusters are very nicely balanced. There is wonderful focus and vibrancy throughout, leading to a weightless, totally gracious finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, candied cherry, fresh flowers and Asian spices. At once juicy and deep, with silky texture and superb intensity to its red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Pure, energetic and mineral-dominated on the very long finish.
Vivid ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, candied cherry, fresh flowers and Asian spices. At once juicy and deep, with silky texture and superb intensity to its red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Pure, energetic and mineral-dominated on the very long finish. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Here the floral dark berry fruit and spice-tinged nose is presently marked by the toasty wood though an hour or so of air helps to dissipate it. There is good volume and mid-palate density to the delicious, round and nicely detailed medium-bodied flavors that exhibit noticeable bitterness on the otherwise attractively long finish. The extended aeration also helped to largely, if not completely, dissipate the bitterness and it seems clear that this will be one of those wines that is best left to slumber in the cellar for several years first as it's conspicuously awkward today. (AM)
Producer note: The estate wines of Rhys Vineyards are made from organic and biodynamically farmed fruit. Owner Kevin Harvey and winemaker Jeff Brinkman continue to fashion truly remarkable wines, indeed they are consistently among the best examples that California has to offer. At each of their vineyards sites over 75% of the land is left in a completely natural state. In addition to the native wildlife, they plant herbs, flowers, vegetables and grain crops while free ranging chickens and sheep also help naturally fertilize the vineyards. This is all part of their philosophy that creating a living soil creates better wine. Their winemaking process, from harvest to bottling, is based on a gravity system and the wines are never pumped, fined, or filtered. Readers should be aware that the Rhys wines are clearly fashioned in a built-to-age style and thus are most assuredly not intended to show their best young. Thus, I would suggest that if you're going to buy them, do so with the intent to allow for at least a few years of bottle age.