Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.2246 ratings
9.157 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Connor Smith

There are a lot of California wineries out there that are valuable to the man at the top mostly as a way to impress their friends. There are not many that are primarily a way to satisfy the founder’s hopeless geekery for wine, soil, weather, and getting his hands dirty. 🍇🌞💨⛏

Kevin Harvey made his money in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur and investor. But his journey to winemaking didn’t begin with a business transaction, but by planting vines in his backyard and vinifying it himself in his garage. He had the itch: he had to get real with it.

Harvey has spent most of the past 20 years developing brand new vineyard sites - often targeting old Christmas tree farms! He is deeply involved with research, planning, getting soil and grape analytics, setting up weather stations, and viticulture - though, with the fruits of his labor (pun intended) being of such remarkable potential, it is perhaps wise to turn the cellar work over to veteran winemaker Jeff Brinkman to realize it.

The result of Harvey’s outstanding grape material and Brinkman’s capable hands in undeniable. In a world full of California winemakers trying to take their shot at Burgundy, Rhys has accomplished what so often gets lost in the pursuit of style: an honest and clear communication from the vines. That’s the true Burgundian spirit.

Harvey has said their goal is to get you “staring into a glass of vineyard”. This Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir, facing west toward the Pacific taking in a daily blanket of foggy marine layer, can only come from one place. In what seems like the blink of an eye, Rhys has become one of the most celebrated wines in America, with good reason. 🇺🇸🍷

There are a lot of California wineries out there that are valuable to the man at the top mostly as a way to impress their friends. There are not many that are primarily a way to satisfy the founder’s hopeless geekery for wine, soil, weather, and getting his hands dirty. 🍇🌞💨⛏

Kevin Harvey made his money in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur and investor. But his journey to winemaking didn’t begin with a business transaction, but by planting vines in his backyard and vinifying it himself in his garage. He had the itch: he had to get real with it.

Harvey has spent most of the past 20 years developing brand new vineyard sites - often targeting old Christmas tree farms! He is deeply involved with research, planning, getting soil and grape analytics, setting up weather stations, and viticulture - though, with the fruits of his labor (pun intended) being of such remarkable potential, it is perhaps wise to turn the cellar work over to veteran winemaker Jeff Brinkman to realize it.

The result of Harvey’s outstanding grape material and Brinkman’s capable hands in undeniable. In a world full of California winemakers trying to take their shot at Burgundy, Rhys has accomplished what so often gets lost in the pursuit of style: an honest and clear communication from the vines. That’s the true Burgundian spirit.

Harvey has said their goal is to get you “staring into a glass of vineyard”. This Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir, facing west toward the Pacific taking in a daily blanket of foggy marine layer, can only come from one place. In what seems like the blink of an eye, Rhys has become one of the most celebrated wines in America, with good reason. 🇺🇸🍷

Aug 23rd, 2019
Lee Lightfoot

Very impressive Pinot. Signs of age dissipated after 20 minutes in glass. Softened beautifully and over delivered. Touch of whole cluster add nuance.

Very impressive Pinot. Signs of age dissipated after 20 minutes in glass. Softened beautifully and over delivered. Touch of whole cluster add nuance.

Mar 27th, 2019
John Willison

Raspberry, pomegranate, menthol nose. Bright berries, sarsaparilla, damp earth tones.

Raspberry, pomegranate, menthol nose. Bright berries, sarsaparilla, damp earth tones.

Feb 17th, 2019
John Willison

Raspberry, cherry licorice, baking spice, mushroom earthiness. Berry finish.

Raspberry, cherry licorice, baking spice, mushroom earthiness. Berry finish.

Jan 1st, 2019
Mark Morgan

Opened up fast with nice structure, but did not hold up to air long. Drink now.

Opened up fast with nice structure, but did not hold up to air long. Drink now.

Dec 3rd, 2018
John Willison

Dark cherry, berry compote, cooking spice, lingering finish. From 500ml.

Dark cherry, berry compote, cooking spice, lingering finish. From 500ml.

Dec 1st, 2018
Robert McCall

Moving on to a Rhys for our Thanksgiving lineup. Popped the cork this morning and it seems to have really helped this along today. A nose of Sandalwood, cherries, spice...so nice. Very well balanced in acid/red fruit with a little herbal note. Maybe a slight tannic frame. Glad to have several more of these cuz I think a few more years of age and look out.

Moving on to a Rhys for our Thanksgiving lineup. Popped the cork this morning and it seems to have really helped this along today. A nose of Sandalwood, cherries, spice...so nice. Very well balanced in acid/red fruit with a little herbal note. Maybe a slight tannic frame. Glad to have several more of these cuz I think a few more years of age and look out.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Robert McCall

Pleasant nose definitely enhances the experience of this one. A bit of a dark red fruited and stemmy showing. Doesn’t quite deliver on the QPR but enjoyable nonetheless.

Pleasant nose definitely enhances the experience of this one. A bit of a dark red fruited and stemmy showing. Doesn’t quite deliver on the QPR but enjoyable nonetheless.

Aug 5th, 2018
Scott Wren

Beautifully pure red fruit with some spicy herbal notes.

Beautifully pure red fruit with some spicy herbal notes.

Nov 24th, 2017
Ed Lehrman

Pretty classy with dark fruits and some dry leaf underneath. Dare I say it's slightly Burgundian? Still young at 7.

Pretty classy with dark fruits and some dry leaf underneath. Dare I say it's slightly Burgundian? Still young at 7.

Sep 26th, 2017