Vineyard: Planted in 2004 with a total of 17.5 acres, Horseshoe Ranch is our most beautiful vineyard site. It 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.
Orientation: Southeast facing at 1360' to 1610' elevation
Geology: Monterey formation with intermingled limestone is 11-15 million years old (Miocene)
Clones: 13 Pinot Noir clones, 3 Syrah clones; 4 Chardonnay clones
Soil: Top soils range from 6" to 20" with a base of sedimentary rock and volcanic ash
Viticulture: At Rhys Vineyards, we believe that real wine quality is produced in the vineyard not the winery. Driven by that belief, each of our seven vineyards is managed with a "spare no expense" viticultural approach that is based on organic and Biodynamic farming methods. Our goal is to naturally balance our vines while cultivating a vibrant and biologically diverse ecosystem in and around each vineyard. This philosophy of minimal intervention is mirrored in our winemaking.
Vinification: Partial whole cluster. Native yeast fermentations in seperate lots. No fining or filtration.
Aging: 25% new French oak
Notes: The wines produced at Horseshoe are uniquely minerally, precise and focused. They offer an almost palpable tension that greatly rewards aging.