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2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

  • 94 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 309284-2011-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Dry and cedary, with herb and savory flavors and a trim, earth-laced core of dried berry, tobacco leaf and sage. Ends with firm, savory tannins. Needs cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2024.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2024
    Author: James Laube
  • Burghound | Rating: 93

    In much the same fashion as the Alpine this is intensely floral with plenty of spice character to the relatively high-toned red berry fruit aromas. The cool, pure, intense and beautifully detailed middle weight flavors possess a lovely sense of underlying tension while delivering outstanding length on the superbly long finish. This is very much old school in style and quite youthfully austere today so I would strongly suggest allowing this tightly coiled effort to remain hidden in your cellar for at least 6 to 8 years.
    Drink Dates: 2023+
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    One of the most youthful 2011s in the lineup, the 2011 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard has serious amount of pepper to go with a darker slant to its fruit; blackberry, ground herbs, charcoal, smoked earth and licorice are just some of the nuances here, and blind, cool-climate Syrah would be the common guess. Nevertheless, it's all Pinot on the palate and has a medium-bodied, supple, seamless and elegant texture that carries plenty of fruit, fine tannin and good acidity that stays integrated and clean through finish. This is a gorgeous 2011 that readers need to seek out.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    The 2011 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard is another of the hugely intriguing wines in this range. It brings together the intensely perfumed, savory notes found in some of the other wines, but here the fruit is rich, deep and marvelously resonant. Dark cherry, menthol, sage, smoke and licorice all build to a huge, explosive finish laced with distinct Syrah-inflected overtones. This should be a fascinating wine to follow over the next decade-plus. The 2011 was made from fully destemmed fruit. - Antonio Galloni
    Drink Dates: 2015-2026
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Patrick
Chiseled deep into a Santa Cruz Mountain hillside with such vast and echoing chambers that it's lovingly termed "the rebel base," Rhys Vineyards and its visionary owner are on a mission. It all started for Kevin Harvey, a Silicon Valley software entrepreneur with a Burgundy obsession, in 1995 when he planted a small Pinot Noir vineyard in his backyard, and has transformed into a quest to uncover the mysteries of his un-glorified appellation's geography and achieve world-class Pinot Noir.

From his first garage wine, Harvey was struck with minerality that reminded him more of Burgundy than any domestic Pinot. So, using ambitious, biodynamic farming of tightly-spaced, high elevation, cool climate vineyards planted in specific sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains with shallow, rocky soils, preferably on hillsides, he set out to make the most mineral-driven, terroir-focused domestic Pinot. The results have garnered overwhelming praise from the entire spectrum of critical review. From Robert Parker to Allen Meadows, it's hard to find anyone who isn't impressed with this passionate operation producing perhaps the best New World Pinot anywhere.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 78 bottles owned
  • 34 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 34 collectors)