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2017 Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir

ITEM 7980199 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Amount Total
hycho4 $77 $77
Brian4090 $76 $0
leros4 $71 $0
jamcc4 $62 $0
Item Sold Amount Date
I7980199 1 $77 Oct 24, 2021
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95Jeb Dunnuck

...masculine and mineral-laced...offering a bloody, meaty bouquet of black raspberries, iron, crushed rocks, toasted spices, rose petals, and crushed flowers. With surprising elegance and purity on the palate, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish...

94Vinous / IWC

Deep, mysterious and resonant... Sweet tobacco, grilled herbs, menthol, licorice and earthy notes meld into a core of black cherry and plum fruit...has a distinctive savory quality...

92The Wine Advocate

...scents of dried orange peel, cranberry, rose petal, potpourri, wild blackberries, black cherries, oolong tea leaves, tobacco and peppery notes. The light to medium-bodied palate is savory with firm, grainy tannins, good freshness and a spicy finish.

Notes of menthol and spice are present on the fresh mix of red and dark berry aromas that flash subtle spice and tea nuances. The very pliant, round and plump flavors are quite forward and almost easy-going while possess a seductively caressing mouthfeel that tighten up somewhat on the lingering and refreshing finish.



Rhys Vineyards is a Santa Cruz maker of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The estate is owned by Kevin Harvey, who has vineyards in several sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rhys Vineyards also makes a few wines under the Alesia label that come from grapes purchased in the Sonoma Coast and in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is the Rhys Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, however, that have made the small estate into something of a cult producer of California wines with Burgundian appeal. Both the Pinots and Chardonnays regularly earn high ratings from reviewers. The wines are generally available through mailing lists.


United States, California, Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains AVA includes high elevation territory in the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo. The AVA follows the coast line from San Francisco to Monterey with elevations from 400 feet to 3,000 feet above sea level. There are 1,500 vineyard acres and the AVA was established in 1981. Despite the challenging terrain in these rugged mountains and hills, highly esteemed wineries have been located here since the early 20th century, when Paul Masson, a Frenchman by birth, started making sparkling wine in the area. By the 1970s vineyards were growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Numerous microclimates within the AVA offer viticulturists diverse growing conditions, and many varietals are grown successfully.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.