Over the course of the year since I last tasted a bottle of the 2013 Horseshoe Vineyard pinot noir from Rhys, the wine has closed down quite noticeably and is now hunkered down for a prolonged period of hibernation. The manifest quality of the wine is still very much in evidence on both the nose and palate, but this wine is now shut down and in need of some extended cellaring time. The bouquet offers up a reserved blend of red and black cherries, beetroot, a very complex base of stony soil, a youthful touch of its stems, mustard seed and a discreet framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a lovely core, impeccable focus and balance, lovely soil signature and a long, ripely tannic and very primary finish. This is going to be an excellent bottle, but let it sleep! 93+ points
There are extremely subtle whispers of tar, tobacco and earth lurking in the background of the very deeply pitched aromas of black currant, plum, violets and soy. Like the Horseshoe Hillside this is a robust and muscular effort that possesses seriously good mid-palate concentration as the dry extract imparts a velvety texture as well as balancing off the firm but not hard tannins that shape the chewy, intense and strikingly persistent finish. As good as this is, and it is indeed very, very good, it doesn't quite have the 'wow' factor of its counterpart. Still, this beauty is well-worth having in your cellar provided that you have the intent to cellar it for the longer-term. *Outstanding*
This steep, south facing parcel always yields a mineral-style of wine and the 2013 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard lives up to expectations. Currants, rose petals, forest floor and crushed rocks all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, sexy, yet unsurprisingly tight, structured and firm 2013. (JD) 95+
An absolute triumph from Rhys, the 2013 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard is all about translucence and a total sense of weightlessness. The flavors are lifted and precise throughout in an utterly captivating Pinot that captures the essence of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hints of rose petal, dark red cherry, anise and licorice grace the haunting, exquisite finish. The Horseshoe is arguably the most refined of these 2013 Pinots from Rhys. (AG)
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