One of the highlights in this report is unquestionably the 2016 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard Hillside, which is in the running for one of the greatest Pinot Noirs I’ve ever tasted from California. A thrilling bouquet of blackcurrants, crushed rocks, chocolate, and Asian spices all flow to a rich, powerful wine that doesn’t pull any punches with regard to depth of fruit or structure. While most 2016s have some upfront charm and accessibility, that’s not the case here, and this needs a solid 4-5 years of bottle age. It’s a magical wine, though, and readers should beg, borrow, or steal to get a hold of it.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Hillside Vineyard is also exceptional, and if anything, even more youthfully coiled and reserved than the Alpine Hillside bottling, wafting from the glass with complex aromas of peony, raw cocoa, sweet wild berries and grilled meat, complemented by ineffably savory, umami-like bass notes. When I speculated that it was showing some very subtle reduction, Harvey and Brinkman suggested—persuasively—those savory qualities simply represented an amplification of the aromatic signatures found in the regular Horseshoe bottling. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with incredible concentration and purity, concluding with a focused and stony finish. Again, 5 or 6 years of cellaring will be required here, and a decade will be recommended. (WK)
The 2016 Horseshoe Hillside pinot noir bottling from Rhys is a stunningly beautiful young wine, coming in at a cool 12.8 percent octane and offering up stellar complexity on both the nose and palate. The refined bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of black cherries, beetroot, gorgeous mineral undertow, exotic spice tones of cardamom and clove, woodsmoke, raw cocoa, a discreet base of spicy new oak and a touch of savory elements in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, poised and sappy at the core, with superb mineral drive, ripe, seamless tannins, tangy acids and laser-like focus on the very long and complex finish. This is a beautiful wine in the making, but despite the generous, youthful nature of the 2016 vintage (which this wine shares to a certain degree), this is really built to be a long-distance runner and should be forgotten in the cellar for a decade. The wait will be more than worth it! (Drink between 2026-2065) 96+
The 2016 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard Hillside is another exceptionally beautiful wine from Rhys. The Hillside is built on textural resonance and breadth, with the fruit very nicely amped up. Pliant and vivid in the glass, the Horseshoe Hillside has a very bright future. Interestingly, the two Horseshoe Pinots have more in common stylistically than the two Alpine Pinots. (AG)
This is the first wine to display any appreciable reduction and even here it's sufficiently subtle that it does not completely overshadow the otherwise layered red berry fruit and floral scents; it should not be an issue going forward as my sense is that it will dissipate with a few years of bottle age. Otherwise there is good freshness and richness to the delicious and highly seductive medium-bodied flavors that possess good verve on the moderately firm and lengthy finish. This notably complex effort could also actually be enjoyed young but has the stuffing to successfully reward up to a decade of keeping.
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