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2009 Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Vivid ruby.  Captivating, exotic aromas of red and dark berries, cherry skin, smoky Moroccan spices and incense, with a sexy floral quality that gains power with air.  Impressively pure, incisive raspberry and cherry flavors show emphatic spiciness and a suave rose pastille quality.  Silky tannins add shape to the very long, bracing finish.  This wine is awfully delicious right now but really deserves a few more years in the cellar.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Pinot Noir

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