2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Hillside- USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (8/8/2021)
12.8% abv. Bright burgundy red, seductive aromatics. Raspberry, red cherry, pomegranate, baking spice and mint highlight a well integrated, focused and intense palate impression. Deep, long, grippy and lovely. As good as it is now, it will continue to improve for years. One of the best Pinots I’ve had in a long time. (97 pts.)
Good to know, I love that stem spice when it’s dialed in and not overtly green/herbaceous. I need to try a few of the Hillsides, in looking at the Rhys website they list the 13 as D/H (drink/hold), all the later vintages are solidly H.
Opened 1 , a year ago and was much more approachable than I expected. Wonderful aromas of black raspberries, currants, spice, floral, earth. Layers of flavor showing raspberry, currant, earth, spice. Medium bodied with great balance and acidity. Smooth tannins show up in the long finish. Just starting to hit its stride. Long life ahead of it.
2013 Alpine Hillside - Decanted 1 hour. Bright red fruits start, followed by cherry, blackberry, spice, and floral notes. Layers of flavor. More black fruit with some cherry, earthy, floral, spice, minerals. Medium bodied. Long smooth finish. Really good now, but no hurry to open.