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2010 - Rhys - Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah  Horseshoe Vineyard - 75cl in bond
2010 - Rhys - Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard - 75cl in bond

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ABV 13 %                   Fruit – NR, Flavour – NR, Body – NR

HPB Rating
NR

Not tasted.

92
© J. Gilman, 2013
These are still quite young vines, having only been planted in 2004, but it is quite clear that the Rhys team is keeping a tight rein on yields here and the 2010 Horseshoe syrah is outstanding. It is not quite as soil-driven as the 2010 Skyline syrah (this vineyard does not share the same limestone found at Skyline), but it is every bit as complex and impressive. I love its octane level of 12.8 percent. The superb nose offers up scents of cassis, grilled venison, black olive, pepper, a nice touch of syrah’s medicinal overtones, a bit of vinesmoke and just a hint of oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and nicely transparent, with a fine core, moderate tannins and excellent complexity on the long and impressive finish. Aromatically, this is more along the lines of Cornas (to Skyline’s Côte-Rôtie tilt), but it is lighter on its feet that most Cornas and relies more on intensity of flavor, rather than muscle. It is an excellent wine that is already approachable, but which will really be better with a handful of years in the cellar. Fine juice. (Drink between 2013-2035)

94
© J. Raynolds, 2013
Glass-staining purple. Powerful, smoke-accented aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, olive and licorice, with a spicy topnote. Shows textbook syrah character and intense blueberry and cassis flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Finishes smoky, sweet and very long, with smooth tannins lending shape and gentle grip.

94
© A.Galloni, 2013
The 2010 Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard was made from fruit harvested in November, not unusual in this cool, drawn-out growing season. Blackberry jam, cloves, menthol and licorice flesh out in a textured, deeply expressive wine endowed with tons of pure class. The 2010 was made with 100% whole clusters. Malolactic fermentation took place in tank and the wine was subsequently aged in neutral oak barrels. This is a fabulous effort in a very challenging vintage. (Drink between 2015-2025)

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91.8

Average reviewer score. Read all 24 reviews here.

Price Basis:‡3996 .. Single bottle (75cl) in bond .. £52.50 (12 in stock)
‡3996 .. Single bottle (75cl) UK VAT & duty paid .. £65.59 (12 in stock)
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