Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay

9.3292 ratings
9.379 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Eric Urbani

Outstanding, wish I had the patience to hold it longer

Outstanding, wish I had the patience to hold it longer

Jun 29th, 2020
Brian Szluk

So good but so young. California terroir is a real thing and so is Santa Cruz Burgundy.

So good but so young. California terroir is a real thing and so is Santa Cruz Burgundy.

Nov 14th, 2019
Chris MacLean

Still hanging on to a bit too much oak, but rich and bright at the same time.

Still hanging on to a bit too much oak, but rich and bright at the same time.

Oct 2nd, 2019
Eric Urbani

Outstanding, yes

Outstanding, yes

Aug 13th, 2019
Eric Urbani

Amazing, yes

Amazing, yes

Aug 13th, 2019
Shay A
9.3

A nice bridge between ripe/rich white burgundy and ripe/rich Cali chard. I’ve had a few of these and really enjoyed them. These are made in a more high acidity style so they benefit from a few years of sleep...in fact, this one seemed to just be coming around. Not sharp, but zippy lemon zest over honeyed brioche and sea breeze. It’s at its most flavor packed in the middle before turning tart and mineral driven (chamomile too) at the finish. I’d imagine ‘12s and ‘13s are in the zone now.

A nice bridge between ripe/rich white burgundy and ripe/rich Cali chard. I’ve had a few of these and really enjoyed them. These are made in a more high acidity style so they benefit from a few years of sleep...in fact, this one seemed to just be coming around. Not sharp, but zippy lemon zest over honeyed brioche and sea breeze. It’s at its most flavor packed in the middle before turning tart and mineral driven (chamomile too) at the finish. I’d imagine ‘12s and ‘13s are in the zone now.

Jul 14th, 2019
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.3

This was so much crunchier and vibrant than I recall Rhys Horseshoe Chardonnay being from my stint living on the property and helping vinify the 2011 wines. What I recall from Rhys is that Alpine was electric richness, while Horseshoe tended towards a fuller, rounder, bright expression. I think it’s time to start tasting the 2010’s and 2011’s I have. From 500mL.

This was so much crunchier and vibrant than I recall Rhys Horseshoe Chardonnay being from my stint living on the property and helping vinify the 2011 wines. What I recall from Rhys is that Alpine was electric richness, while Horseshoe tended towards a fuller, rounder, bright expression. I think it’s time to start tasting the 2010’s and 2011’s I have. From 500mL.

Apr 27th, 2019
Eric Urbani

Split. Fantastic depth typical of this great producer. 2012

Split. Fantastic depth typical of this great producer. 2012

Mar 12th, 2019
Cody Short

Serious Old World soul here. One of my favorite Cali chards

Serious Old World soul here. One of my favorite Cali chards

Nov 30th, 2018
Shay A
9.3

Monthly 4th Friday is post Thanksgiving this year, so lots of Thanksgiving style wines!

Nose of cotton candy, butterscotch, toasted honeycomb and grilled pear. More rich and reductive than the same bottle I had a few months back. Tart, pear juice, grilled lemon and a fairly big size on the palate. Lengthy finish. Don’t think this was flawed, just different in terms of how it’s evolved vs the prior bottle.

Monthly 4th Friday is post Thanksgiving this year, so lots of Thanksgiving style wines!

Nose of cotton candy, butterscotch, toasted honeycomb and grilled pear. More rich and reductive than the same bottle I had a few months back. Tart, pear juice, grilled lemon and a fairly big size on the palate. Lengthy finish. Don’t think this was flawed, just different in terms of how it’s evolved vs the prior bottle.

Nov 24th, 2018