2016 Rhys Vineyards "Horseshoe Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (1500ml)

2016 Rhys Vineyards "Horseshoe Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (1500ml)

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97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Even better than it was from barrel, the 2016 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard is a flat-out stunner. Crazy, beautiful, deeply spiced aromatics literally explode from the glass. Broad and ample on the palate, with tremendous intensity, the Horseshoe has a lot to offer. Orange peel, mint and spice overtones add an exotic flair. This is an utterly captivating Pinot Noir from Rhys. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard offers a more savory, mineral style as well as terrific depth of fruit. Lots of currant and black cherry fruits, ample rocky, earthy minerality, medium to full body, and a seamless texture all emerge from the glass. This classic Horseshoe Vineyard release has building structure that’s going to benefit from a few years in the cellar. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2016 Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir is absolutely stellar. The wine is a cool customer, coming in at 12.5% octane and offering up a beautifully complex and classy bouquet of black cherries, dark berries, cola, beautiful spice tones, excellent minerality, a touch of cedar and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, pure, full-bodied and already quite complex, with a sappy core, fine focus and grip, seamless tannins and a very long, focused and energetic finish. The mineral drive of all of these Santa Cruz Mountain pinots from Rhys is very impressive this year. (Drink between 2022-2055) 94+ Inner quote mark (7/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard takes some time to unwind in the glass, unfurling to reveal notes of strawberries, red cherries, rich spices, forest floor and subtle grilled meat. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, taut and youthfully firm, its bright core of concentrated fruit framed by chalky, fine-grained tannins. This is one of the most tightly coiled wines in the range and will require 5 or 6 years of patience. But when it shows all its cards, its precision and energy will be striking. (WK) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (4/2019)