2014 Rhys Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
94 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "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
92+ Points, Vinous. "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
Rhys has been extremely successful in making expressive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from cool climate vineyards located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Anderson Valley. Their belief that the vineyard makes the wine, not the winery leads to 'spare no expense' viticulture and minimal intervention in the wine making process. Rhys has been consistently making amazing wines and is positioned to keep improving on their success. The wines are highly collectible and the Pinot Noirs will benefit greatly from cellaring.
750mL. Alc. by Vol. 13.0%