A ripe, spicy and quite densely fruited nose speaks of a pretty mix of both red and blue Pinot fruit along with background hints of cassis. The restrained intense and strikingly well-detailed medium-bodied flavors possess an abundance of mouth coating extract that buffers the firm tannic spine on the impressively complex, long and exquisitely balanced finish. *Outstanding*
The Bearwallow bottling is made from purchased grapes and typically shows the slightly warmer aspect of Anderson Valley in comparison to the estate’s own Santa Cruz Mountain vineyard bottlings. The 2009 is more black fruity than the Family Farm, as it offers up a complex and classy nose of black cherries, dark berries, a touch of fresh rosemary, dark chocolate, incipient notes of bonfire, soil and a touch of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, tangy and really beautifully structured this year, with a sappy core of fruit, ripe tannins and a very, very long, zesty finish. It seems like the style of the 2009 vintage dovetails perfectly with the terroir of Bearwallow, as this is a raging success. I would try to tuck it away for a few years in the cellar to allow its secondary layers to blossom, but it is already really a delicious glass of pinot! 93+
Bright ruby. Intriguingly perfumed bouquet of strawberry and raspberry, along with a high-pitched blood orange note and a seductive floral quality. Shows an array of sweet red fruit and spice flavors and a zesty mineral nuance that adds sharpness and definition. The finish leaves suave floral and spicecake notes behind, along with emphatically juicy red fruits and a hint of cola. (ST)
The 2009 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard offers up sweet red cherries, flowers, berries and mint in a relatively mid-weight, focused style for this winery. Clean, saline notes give the wine much of its energy and focus. It is a tight, inward wine in need of at least a few years of cellaring. (AG)
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