2016 rhys, bearwallow pinot noir, anderson valley
Why We're Buying
Rhys Bearwallow Vineyard is one of the finest renditions of pinot noir from the Anderson Valley. It delivers a quintessential bouquet of pungent red fruits, mouth-watering savoriness, and unshakeable balance. Best of all, this red wine comes with a more than reasonable price tag.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is a soft, seductive wine. Silky tannins frame the floral, red and purplish berry fruit nicely. This is one of the more nuanced and delicate wines in the range. In fact, the Bearwallow comes across as a bit hushed today relative to how it showed from barrel. There is plenty to admire in the 2016. Best of all, the Bearwallow should drink well with minimal cellaring. (Drink between 2018-2031)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The most approachable of Rhys' vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard offers up expressive aromas of black plums, wild berries, peonies and rich soil. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it's supple and layered, with a juicy core of crunchy fruit, succulent acids and lovely declination. Already integrated and giving, drink it over the next decade or more.