TN: 2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/9/2021)
From 375 ml - Tangy red cherry with a little spice, joined by hints of orange peel with air, it starts out tight but really expands with air to show impressive depth well-delineated by acidity. On the second night it showed even more integration and complexity. It’s terrific now but still young, I can’t wait to see what more age brings. (94 pts.)

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It has been a minute since I have had a Rhys Pinot. This sounds great, Mike.
I may have to dig into the few Rhys I have soon.
Hope you are well. [cheers.gif]


I have so darned much Rhys Pinot, and keep waiting on the full bottles. There’s so much promise.

2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, Santa Cruz Mountains (4/21/2022)
– popped and poured –
– tasted non-blind over a couple hours –
– 375 mL –

NOSE: warm, high-toned red fruits; red currants and Gala apple.

BODY: ruby color with slight tawny shade throughout; color is of medium-shallow to medium depth; medium-light to medium bodied.

TASTE: high acidity; earthy red fruits with a smoky edge; medium concentration of fruit; 12.7% alc. not noticeable; touch of caramel on the rear palate. Well into Excellent territory. Drink Now and over the next few years out of half bottle format.

50, 5, 13, 18, 8 = (94 pts.)


Great note Brian. I just gave one of my '14 'shoes to my son and daughter-in-law. Hope it shows this well!

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I hope so, too, Mike. Nice gift! [cheers.gif]

2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, Santa Cruz Mountains (3/29/2023)
Cold cellar works it’s magic yet again, as this is still quite youthful and forward fruity. It’s evolving texturally, but not a lot of developed aromatics/flavors. Bright red cherry dominates, with only a little bit of back end earthiness. Some air brings out an herbal note, but overall it’s fruit dominated. Very good wine, but I do wonder when something is going to happen. At least I know to keep my hands off of the Hillside bottling.