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2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard (375ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Rhys Vineyards   details
Appellation: Anderson Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$35.75
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rated (2013 vintage, 750ml bottle) : January 23, 2016 , The Wine Advocate
93 points "The 2013 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is as sexy and fruit driven as the wines from this estate get. Giving up tons of strawberries, blueberries, crushed violets and assorted floral notes, it's upfront and layered on the palate, with plenty of fruit, good concentration and a big finish. Shining for its mouth filling fruit and texture, it's still far from blowsy or soft, and should evolve nicely. A. Galloni's Vinous Media -- 93pts From the coolest part of Anderson Valley, the 2013 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard hits the palate with a rush of dark fruit. Round, supple and pliant through to the finish, the 2013 is all about texture. Bright saline notes add energy to the creamy, beautifully layered finish. Today my impression is that the Bearwallow will drink well sooner than many of the other wines in the range. J. Gillman's View from the Cellar -- 95pts The Bearwallow bottling of pinot noir has always stood out a bit from the Rhys San Mateo and Santa Cruz bottlings, but it has company from Mendocino in 2013 with the new Porcupine Hill cuvée in the lineup. The 2013 Bearwallow tips the scales at an even thirteen percent and offers up a beautifully complex bouquet of pomegranate, black plum, a touch of coffee bean, fresh herb tones, a fine base of dark soil and incipient notes of cola in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid core of very sappy fruit, with tangy acids, impeccable balance, ripe tannins and excellent length and grip on the focused and youthfully complex finish. There is a great sense of reserve and backend energy in this wine in 2013 that augurs extremely well for its future evolution in bottle. This is the first vintage where some new, high density plantings have been included in the bottling and, there is no question that this is the finest vintage of Bearwallow pinot noir that I have yet tasted from Rhys! 2021-2050+." Best 2021-2040
rated (2011 vintage, 750ml bottle) : February 4, 2014 , Antonio Galloni (WA)
90 points "Sweet tobacco, herbs, licorice and dried black cherries lift out of the glass in the 2011 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard. Subtle floral and savory notes are woven throughout. The 2011 shows lovely energy and depth, but also the modest structure typical of Anderson Valley Pinots in this vintage. I expect the Bearwallow 2011 will drink well pretty much upon release and for at least a handful of years to follow. This is a terrific showing in a vintage that was very tough in the Anderson Valley. The 2011 was made with 35% whole clusters. 90. "
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