Rhys "Bearwallow Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2014
(Santa Cruz Mountains, California) - [WA 94] [VM 92+] [BH 90]
Regular price $80.00 Sale price $69.97 Save $10.03
- All estate fruit from Bearwallow Vineyard down the deep end of Anderson Valley
- Selection of heirloom and suitcase vine material
- 400 – 700 ft. in elevation
- Foot-tread twice a day, no punch-downs or pump-overs
- Aged in 15% new French oak for 18 months
While driving northwest on Hwy 128 through the “Deep End” of Anderson Valley, it is difficult not to be struck by the majesty of Bearwallow Vineyard. As you round the bend, the sight of the steep vineyard-covered hills rising above the redwoods is quite spectacular. After tasting many examples of the elegant, mineral driven Pinot Noir that these “Deep End” hills can produce we were extremely excited to be able to acquire such a prime site in 2008.
Unlike our previous vineyard developments, six acres of eight year old Pinot Noir vines had already been planted but we immediately began the development of an additional 25 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. While waiting for our new acreage to become productive, the existing vines have produced the grapes for our Rhys Bearwallow Pinot Noir bottling. While we can’t wait to see what our new vines will bring, we love the wild berry, spicy, mineral driven Pinot produced by the older vines.
Ratings & Reviews
"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." - Jeb Dunnuck (28th Oct 2016)
92+ Points - Vinous Media:
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." - Antonio Galloni (Jul 2016)
90 Points - Allen Meadows' Burghound:
"A densely fruited nose consists of spiced black cherry, plum and violet scents. The round, supple and delicious medium weight flavors are deceptively forward on the mid-palate as the backend immediately tightens up due to an abundance of dusty and mouth coating tannins that impart a mild austerity on the somewhat warm finale. My sense is that while this will require on the order of 10 to 12 years of bottle age to resolve the majority of the structure, this should drink reasonably well after only 5 or so." (6/2017)