Rivers-Marie Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
|Region||California, North Coast, Anderson Valley|
VinousA hugely promising wine, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is fabulous. Rich, powerful and explosive, with notable fruit density, the Bearwallow is compelling. Inky red and purplish berry fruit and exotic spice notes are front and center. Even with all of its exuberance, the 2016 possesses tremendous structure and depth. Readers will have to be patient, as the Bearwallow does not seem to offer the early appeal of many the other wines in this range.
Jeb DunnuckFrom the newer plantings, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is young and tight, with vibrant notes of black tea, black plums, spice, and earthy minerality. This medium-bodied effort has bright acidity and building tannins, and needs a solid 2-3 years of bottle age.