Bearwallow Vineyard, Pinot Noir
    Rhys Vineyards

    Bearwallow Vineyard, Pinot Noir,

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    Rhys Vineyards, Bearwallow Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2014

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Rhys Vineyards, Bearwallow Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2014
    ABV:
    13.5%
    92+/100
    Antonio Galloni, 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.
    Date Reviewed:
    07/2016

    specifications

    country:
    USA
    region:
    California
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    Allergen Information:
    This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
    Rhys Vineyards

    Rhys Vineyards

    Kevin Harvey’s Rhys Vineyards has built up a near cult like following in just a decade of releases. His bottlings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from both the Santa Cruz Mountains and now also the Anderson Valley in Mendocino are rightly seen as amongst the very top echelon of wines produced anywhere in the United States.

    Everything about these wines speaks of attention to detail and a deep commitment to making great wine. From purchasing uncoopered staves of the finest French oak a full four years prior to cooperage, to the vast underground purpose built winemaking cellar, no detail is left to chance. In the often steep vineyards, vine density is extremely high and as a result farming is entirely manual and very labour intensive. In the winery, vinification is carried out at a micro-level in tiny 4ft square vats: fermentations are native and everything is gravity-fed without pumping, fining or filtration. In essence, the wines are given kid gloves treatment, and then aged in almost neutral French barrels, so better to promote the site specific characters of the vineyards in the portfolio.

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