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Rhys Vineyards, 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Ranch


Rhys Vineyards, 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Ranch


Rhys Vineyards, 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Ranch

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2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Ranch
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.

VINIFICATION: No crushing even for de-stemmed lots. One or two ton fermenters, mix of oak and steel - cold soak at 50 degrees F for five days, gradually ramp up of temp, mid-70’s F ferment temp, peaks at 85-88 degrees F - All foot trodden, twice a day down to 5 Brix and then once a day to dryness. Goes dry on skins after 10-14 days, pressed off into barrel with lees, on gross lees for 12 months - rack off lees in tank to put blends together, when blends are assembled, back to barrel, then bottled after 17-18 months total elevage.

- Ages in high quality, tightly-grained Francois Freres custom barrels, 4 yr seasoning, med to med+ toast, 55% new;
- 44 barrels(225L) produced;
- 21% whole cluster;
- No additions of acid, water, tannins, yeasts or anything else but a little sulfur;
- The wine is never pumped, fined, or filtered.

Producer Page: Rhys Vineyards