The 2013 Bearwallow Vineyard pinot noir from Rhys Vineyards is starting to drink very nicely, though like the 2014 Swan Terrace, it is still in climbing mode and will be even better with further bottle age. Today, the bouquet is starting to show the first signs of secondary layering, wafting from the glass in a fine mix of black cherries, dark berries, lovely spice tones, a fine base of dark soil, fresh herb tones, cedar, hints of the cola to come and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and starting to get nicely velvety on the attack, with a lovely core of fruit, fine transparency and grip, fine-grained, seamless tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. I had no trouble drinking this wine today, but it is going to be even better with another five years or more in the cellar. (Drink between 2019-2050)
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. (JD)
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. Drink through 2025. (AG)
A slightly riper nose offers notes of violet, plus, dark currant and black cherry that are trimmed in discreet spice and floral elements. There is a bit more volume and richness to the medium-bodied flavors that are generously proportioned and almost lush yet they tighten up on the delicious, dusty and sneaky long finish. This is texturally much different from the two Alpine cuvées with more flesh but less delicacy. Drink: 2020+ *Outstanding*
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