2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?

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2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?

#1 Post by Dan Kravitz » June 29th, 2020, 3:58 pm

From 375ml

Not merely wonderful as always, better than ever!

Light gold color, looks 3 years old, not 8. The aromas are broad and wonderful, mineral, citric, coniferous, floral, about in that order but all so prominent that it’s hard to put one first and so harmonious that they are seamless.
The palate is less broad, but needle-bright, sharp with integrated fresh acidity, the same flavors, the conifer and flowers to the forefront, the citrus flavors in the background despite the brilliant acidity. Breadth as well as depth show in the mid-palate, the balance is incredible. The finish is long, but will probably get longer as this is still young and barely past primary.
I think that every time I’ve had this when I’ve taken time to write a note, I’ve rated it higher than the last time. Also, every time I’ve rated it, I’ve given it room for improvement. How true today! Rated 96, at least two points of improvement very likely. Of course with no track record it’s impossible to predict where it will go, but I believe perfection is possible in another five years.

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#2 Post by M. Dildine » June 29th, 2020, 4:29 pm

I tasted and reported on the '15 yesterday Dan - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=171340 and yes, it is fabulous. I'm of a mind that SCM (Rhys, Mount Eden, Ridge) make some of, if not the best Chardonnay - anywhere.
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#3 Post by Steve Brickley » June 29th, 2020, 4:31 pm

I tasted it back early 2018 and thought excellent. My comment was to let my magnum go for five years before opening. It wasn’t that I thought it wasn’t ready, but that it could further improve.
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#4 Post by PHuff » June 29th, 2020, 4:56 pm

Thanks for the note Dan. I love the 2012 Horseshoe Chard, it is my favorite Chard that Rhys has ever made.......luckily I have 3 bottles left in my cellar. After reading your note, I think I will let my remaining bottles sit for a bit.
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#5 Post by T Welch » June 29th, 2020, 7:55 pm

Thanks Dan. I just checked my order history and found that I originally ordered 2 and wish listed, successfully, 2 more. Time to pop one.
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#6 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » June 29th, 2020, 8:05 pm

This wine is killer. I last had it in April and scored it 96 points. I have 3 bottles left in storage and will not open another bottle for a few more years.

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#7 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » June 29th, 2020, 8:34 pm

This is the wine that prevented me from completely abandoning Rhys Chardonnays. We had our last bottle of the '10 a couple nights ago ---- very good, but not even close to the same level as the '12. Thanks for the note, Dan!
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#8 Post by Adam Frisch » June 29th, 2020, 9:24 pm

Is it oaky and buttery?
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#9 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » June 29th, 2020, 9:30 pm

Not at all oaky or buttery, IMO.

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#10 Post by Mark Colendich » June 30th, 2020, 1:09 pm

Checked my past orders and I have a 12 pack of 500ml of this along with a mag and a 3 liter. Time to dig some out!

Thanks for the notes

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#11 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » June 30th, 2020, 2:06 pm

Mark Colendich wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Checked my past orders and I have a 12 pack of 500ml of this along with a mag and a 3 liter. Time to dig some out!

Thanks for the notes
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#12 Post by Dan Kravitz » July 1st, 2020, 4:45 pm

Thanks for the feedback from everybody.

I bought all of mine in 375ml and am regretting it. To have a magnum or a 3L!?! Of course I use large formats mostly for treats at my national sales meetings, of which I do not expect one this year and maybe not next year. But still, I would love to have and hold even 750ml bottles. I would hold a mag at least another five years and find a very, very special occasion to open it.

I only had the 2010 once, from memory I agree that the 2012 is better, but don't remember a night-and-day difference. This is consistently great wine.

to Adam Frisch, you wrote:
"Is it oaky and buttery?"
I'm a little bewildered by your question.
In rereading my note, I do not see that I mentioned either oak or butter.
Please rest assured, Mr. Frisch, that if I find oak or butter aromas or flavors in a wine, I make mention of the fact, as is only logical for a board member, especially one who is in the business.

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#13 Post by Jud Reis » July 1st, 2020, 6:43 pm

Dan - I have a magnum left. When we finally get clear of Covid, let’s do our long promised Boston Rhys dinner and I will crack it open...

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#14 Post by Dan Kravitz » July 2nd, 2020, 5:55 pm

Jud,

We're on!!! And many thanks. I've got some Rhys (and Alesia) to contribute, 2012, and earlier, and later.

Always a fan of gallows humor, we should optimistically pencil in about 2025 for this event.
1) The mag of 2012 Rhys Horseshoe Chardonnay should be reasonably mature.
2) We have a reasonable chance of being clear of COVID by then.

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#15 Post by Jud Reis » July 3rd, 2020, 8:49 am

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