My favorite of the latest release Chardonnays, the 2013 Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard is a screaming effort that got a few wows in the notes. More ripe and rounded than the Alpine Vineyard (at the moment anyways, as Kevin commented that this cuvee continues to pick up more and more focus with bottle age), its light/medium gold color is followed by tons of ripe white peach and orchard fruits, toasted nuts, crushed rock and white flowers. Rounded, concentrated and rich on the palate, yet with vibrant underlying acidity that cuts through the finish, give it a year or two in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2025+. 94+ (JD)
(93+) The 2013 Horseshoe Vineyard chardonnay from Rhys Vineyards is a beautiful young wine, wafting from the glass in a still primary constellation of apple, buttered almonds, lovely soil tones, a touch of leesiness, a touch of spring flowers and a very judicious framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and still fairly tightly-knit, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip and superb backend energy on the long and zesty finish. This is still very early days for this very promising chardonnay, and I would not be tempted to open a bottle for at least another two or three years, as it is still very primary in profile and needs some time to allow the secondary layers of complexity to begin to emerge. 2017-2030+.
The 2013 Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard is quite opulent and open for this wine. Hints of tropical fruit, butter, white truffle, pastry and apricot jam fill out the wine's ample, broad-shouldered frame with ease. This is an unusually open, young Chardonnay from Rhys, where the Chards often need at least a few years in bottle to truly blossom. (AG)
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)