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Rhys Vineyards, 2013 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard


Rhys Vineyards, 2013 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard


Rhys Vineyards, 2013 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

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2013 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Rhys Vineyards

VINEYARD: Planted in 2004 with a total of 17.5 acres, Horseshoe Ranch is less than 1/2 mile from Alpine vineyard, but they are different in many ways. The ridge between the vineyards protects Horseshoe from some of the direct ocean influence but allows for similarly cool temperatures. More importantly, Horseshoe lies on a ridge of sedimentary shale called Monterey formation that has made its way to surface over the millenia. This lightweight, brittle rust-mottled shale is prevalent throughout the surface and soil providing for low vigor and outstanding drainage. Elevation is 1450-1500ft.

VINIFICATION: Whole cluster press (oxidatively) and juice rack overnight for several hours. From tank into 20% new French Oak, custom made Damy barriques (3 yr seasoning, light toast) for extra tight grain. The wines take about a year to go dry. No inoculation for either primary or malolactic fermentation. No racking nor battonage. Wine then goes into tank with the gross lees for an additional 4-6 months before bottling. No stirring in tank.

- 45 barrels(225L) produced

Producer Page: Rhys Vineyards