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2016 Rhys "Horseshoe Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1446361 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark As always, the 2016 Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard is the most masculine and mineral-driven, with an exotic bouquet of white flowers, iodine, crushed rocks, and stone fruits. Reductive, concentrated, and powerful on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, it’s a brilliant vintage from this vineyard and is a world-class Chardonnay in every way. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard offers up aromas of pear, grapefruit pith, iodine and fresh nutmeg. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and powerful, with an elegantly textural attack and wonderful mid-palate amplitude underpinned by tangy acids, concluding with a long and stony finish. The overall impression is beautifully complete. Cellar this compelling Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay for a few years, and then follow it for the better part of a decade. (WK) 95+ Inner quote mark (5/2018)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard is laced with the essence of citrus peel, mint and white flowers. In this range, the Horseshoe is all about tension and energy, all presented in a lifted style that is incredibly appealing. I very much like the vibrancy and focus here. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2016 Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay from Rhys is again a cool and classy customer, tipping the scales at 12.6 percent octane. The nose is pure and beautifully expressive out of the blocks, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of pear, delicious apple, acacia blossoms, complex minerality, fruit blossoms and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is fullish, focused and shows excellent intensity of flavor at the core, with excellent balance and grip, lovely complexity and a long, elegant and vibrant finish. This is excellent wine. 93+ Inner quote mark (7/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Good reduction on the nose, there is struck match but also a great intensity of citrus – preserved lemons, lime zest and a hint of grapefruit. Edgy but not too acid on the palate, this is driven and mineral, the line of acidity and some pithy texture giving an intriguing mouthfeel. Intense, steely and yet bold. Very impressive. 17.5/20 points (TP) Inner quote mark (9/2019)


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