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2015 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$30.00
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rated (2014 vintage, 750ml bottle) : November 2, 2016 , The Wine Advocate
94 points "The 2014 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is a solid step up over the Anderson Valley release and has more tension, elegance and precision. Offering up classic notes of strawberries, spice, black cherries and a touch of sous bois, it has medium to full-bodied richness, terrific purity of fruit and integrated acidity. Give bottles a year or two and drink through 2026. John Gilman, View From the Cellar -- 93+pts I simply adored the 2013 vintage of Bearwallow pinot noir, and the 2014 version is a fine follow-up to that superb wine. The bouquet is deep, pure and nascently complex, wafting from the glass in a blend of black cherries, cola, black plums, woodsmoke, sweet herbs, a dollop of spicy oak and a topnote of cumin. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and laser-like in its focus, with outstanding mid-palate depth, ripe, perfectly integrated tannins, bright acids and outstanding length and grip on the poised and youthful finish. This shows significantly more complexity and precision than the very good Anderson Valley bottling, but it is still a puppy and a bit bound up in its suave structural elements. It is built for the long haul and I would give this at least seven or eight years in the cellar before I even contemplated opening a bottle. Not that it is all that bad of a drink right out of the blocks, but there is so much more to come here with bottle age that it would be infanticide to even think of opening bottles before it really has had a chance to develop! 2023-2060+. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media -- 92+pts The 2014 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is a huge wine. Dark, powerful and intense. The low yields of the vintage are felt in the wine's massive fruit and pure heft. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice abound in a towering, somewhat burly wine that is going to need quite a bit of time to come around. Today, the Bearwallow is blowsy. It will be interesting to see if the Bearwallow finds a little more finesse in bottle." Best 2023-2050
rated (2013 vintage, 500ml bottle) : May 21, 2016 , John Gilman
95 points " 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+.95." Best 2021-2050
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