“On the heels of the terrific 2012, this beautiful 2013 Chardonnay offers a crystalline, crunchy expression of this fantastic vineyard site. It is taut and spicy with a jasmine, mineral and cinnamon stick nuance. It will drink well early and improve for many years.”
About The Vineyard:
Planted in 2004 with a total of 17.5 acres, Horseshoe Ranch is one of the most beautiful vineyard sites. 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.
The wines produced at Horseshoe are uniquely minerally, precise and focused. They offer an almost palpable tension that greatly rewards aging.
94+ Points – The Wine Advocate “Rounded, concentrated and rich on the palate, yet with vibrant underlying acidity that cuts through the finish, give it a year or two in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2025+”
93 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media