Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay

9.358 ratings
9.221 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
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
Chris MacLean

Good energy but still shows too much unnecessary lipstick

Good energy but still shows too much unnecessary lipstick

Oct 4th, 2018
Shay A
9.4

Surprise of the day. Never had a wine from Rhys but this wine alone made me sign up on the list. Best way to describe this is as a happy marriage between Ceritas chards (steely, lean) and Aubert (powerful, full). The acidity here was a refreshing break from the big, oaked Cali chards but it still retained flavor that balanced tropical note with the oak in check. Supremely balanced.

Surprise of the day. Never had a wine from Rhys but this wine alone made me sign up on the list. Best way to describe this is as a happy marriage between Ceritas chards (steely, lean) and Aubert (powerful, full). The acidity here was a refreshing break from the big, oaked Cali chards but it still retained flavor that balanced tropical note with the oak in check. Supremely balanced.

Jul 7th, 2018
Brian Szluk

Just an amazing bottle. If blind tasted I would have immediately thought this was a Burgundy. Best American Chardonnay I have ever tasted. Keep up the good work Rhys!

Just an amazing bottle. If blind tasted I would have immediately thought this was a Burgundy. Best American Chardonnay I have ever tasted. Keep up the good work Rhys!

Apr 7th, 2018
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.3

Toasty oak frame generous amounts of candied citrus fruits, pear and bright apple flavours. Nice acidity on the juicy finish.

Toasty oak frame generous amounts of candied citrus fruits, pear and bright apple flavours. Nice acidity on the juicy finish.

Aug 26th, 2017
Lee Pitofsky

Rich and buttery with notes of lemon curd, vanilla custard and touch of butterscotch

Rich and buttery with notes of lemon curd, vanilla custard and touch of butterscotch

May 6th, 2017
Helen M Gaydos

Stunning Chardonnay, as pretty as can be. A taste you want to keep tasting.

Stunning Chardonnay, as pretty as can be. A taste you want to keep tasting.

Aug 3rd, 2016
Joshua Blissett

Slate and flint, white truffle, white spice, really rich creaminess. Built to age!!

Slate and flint, white truffle, white spice, really rich creaminess. Built to age!!

Jun 1st, 2016
Marshal White

Lovely honey, beeswax, and hay with lemon curd on top. Very concentrated with acidity and structure to spare. A wine to start tasting in three years

Lovely honey, beeswax, and hay with lemon curd on top. Very concentrated with acidity and structure to spare. A wine to start tasting in three years

Jan 28th, 2016
Charlie Tapp

Butter, butterscotch and lemon oil.

Butter, butterscotch and lemon oil.

Apr 19th, 2019