Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay

9.210 ratings
9.22 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
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
Robert Poirier

Wife thought nice bright

Wife thought nice bright

Feb 18th, 2017
Diane Kessler

I thought this to be a little advanced. It was from a .375. Golden color with apple and honey on the palate, finishing on a butterscotch note.

I thought this to be a little advanced. It was from a .375. Golden color with apple and honey on the palate, finishing on a butterscotch note.

Jul 8th, 2019
Mike Evans

From 375 ml - Showing darker gold color than I expected, it was disjointed at first with rich apples and a touch of nuts up front giving way to bright lemon and acid on the finish. With air it comes together well as the rich fruit wraps around a bright core of acidity that gives it both depth and agility.

From 375 ml - Showing darker gold color than I expected, it was disjointed at first with rich apples and a touch of nuts up front giving way to bright lemon and acid on the finish. With air it comes together well as the rich fruit wraps around a bright core of acidity that gives it both depth and agility.

Mar 10th, 2019
Manny Abascal

Rich, butterscotch, silky texture. Meursault like. Don’t know another California winemaker making Chardonnay like this. Five years too early.

Rich, butterscotch, silky texture. Meursault like. Don’t know another California winemaker making Chardonnay like this. Five years too early.

Aug 12th, 2018
Eric Manago

Lemon tart and a surprising marmalade-like quality. Great depth and wonderful balance. Intriguing and unique.

Lemon tart and a surprising marmalade-like quality. Great depth and wonderful balance. Intriguing and unique.

Jun 17th, 2018
Diane Kessler

Tightly coiled- needs more time to come together, but still a delicious Chardonnay.

Tightly coiled- needs more time to come together, but still a delicious Chardonnay.

Nov 27th, 2017
Nick Azrack

Awesome

Awesome

Oct 6th, 2017
Robert Poirier

Robert had this 3 years ago

Robert had this 3 years ago

Jan 7th, 2017
Brad Wiese

Brad had this a year ago

Brad had this a year ago

Feb 22nd, 2018