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2009 Rhys "Horseshoe Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1127069 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright yellow. Lively, assertive aromas of orange zest, jasmine, mint, iodine and smoky minerals. Pure and incisive, with energetic, mineral-accented citrus and green apple flavors that gain weight with air. Finishes with excellent clarity and spicy cut, strongly echoing the orange and iodine notes. I suspect this vivacious wine will put on weight with a few more years of bottle age. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2009 Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard chardonnay is a lovely bottle of wine that is drinking very well already, but clearly has plenty of life still ahead of it. The deep and very complex nose offers up a lovely blend of apple, pear, tangerine, a strong vein of complex minerality, a bit of fresh coconut and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully focused, with a fine core, good ripeness and a long, zesty and well-balanced finish. Good juice that will be even better with further bottle age and is showing even a touch more potential than I thought initially. (Drink between 2014-2025) 93+ points Inner quote mark (2/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard emerges from the glass with layers of sweet fruit supported by the clean vibrancy that is the hallmark of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is an attractive, layered wine made in fairly forward, fruit-driven style. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A graceful, subtle and juicy style, with aromas of white flowers, ripe peach, honeysuckle and melon. Medium-weight, delicate and persistent. (JL) Inner quote mark (4/2013)

K&L Notes

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, it is suggested that if you're going to buy them, do so with the intent to allow for at least a few years of bottle age.

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