Rivers-Marie Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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John Willison Delectable Pro

Dark fruit, licorice, damp earth, and menthol. Sweet berry undertones throughout.

Dark fruit, licorice, damp earth, and menthol. Sweet berry undertones throughout.

9.2

John Willison Delectable Pro

Raspberry, cranberry, a bit of baking spice and forest floor, and a sweet berry finish.

Raspberry, cranberry, a bit of baking spice and forest floor, and a sweet berry finish.

9.2

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A 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. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018)

A 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. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018)

9.4

Brandon Thurber

Solid, but I prefer the Summa Old Vines and Platt to the Bearwallow.

Solid, but I prefer the Summa Old Vines and Platt to the Bearwallow.

9.1

Anna Sangiacomo

Definitely needs a decant. Fresh fruit profile focusing on pomegranate and cranberry. 

Definitely needs a decant. Fresh fruit profile focusing on pomegranate and cranberry. 

9.0

Sam Todd

Tons of depth! Nice balance of tannins, some raspberry. I wish I bought more...and my dog says hi!

Tons of depth! Nice balance of tannins, some raspberry. I wish I bought more...and my dog says hi!

9.3

Brandon Thurber

Tried this one way too soon. Another 3-5 years will do it a world of good. Love the RM Pinot’s and this will be excellent down the road, just above average now.

Tried this one way too soon. Another 3-5 years will do it a world of good. Love the RM Pinot’s and this will be excellent down the road, just above average now.

9.2

Mark Flesher

Very typical Anderson Valley pinot. Not your lush, opulent fruit that is over the top and unidimensional although the nose may go this direction at first. Front is raspberry with a touch of sweet and black tea. Middle has an oregano influence and some cola. Finish is dusty rose and raspberry rich. Not a fruit bomb pinot. Went well with hummus and pita chips but the herbal side of this would go well with a lot of game and Mediterranean fare. Will hold another 7 to 10, so hold or drink!

Very typical Anderson Valley pinot. Not your lush, opulent fruit that is over the top and unidimensional although the nose may go this direction at first. Front is raspberry with a touch of sweet and black tea. Middle has an oregano influence and some cola. Finish is dusty rose and raspberry rich. Not a fruit bomb pinot. Went well with hummus and pita chips but the herbal side of this would go well with a lot of game and Mediterranean fare. Will hold another 7 to 10, so hold or drink!

9.3

Mark Flesher

This one is still rather youthful, but expressed a lot of chalky raspberry and black cherry from start to finish which was actually quite enjoyable. This wine poured a little darker than I imagined and had a nose that was herb, black cherry, hint of cola, hint of black tea. Entry was more black cherry and cola. Middle with some herb. Finish was strong, quite a bit more integrated than the 2016 vintage on the bottle would have suggested this would have been, and all from a Coravin sample that might have sat there to integrate for about 10-15 minutes. Impressed by this Bearwallow offering, and will only continue to improve over the next 5-7 years or longer.

This one is still rather youthful, but expressed a lot of chalky raspberry and black cherry from start to finish which was actually quite enjoyable. This wine poured a little darker than I imagined and had a nose that was herb, black cherry, hint of cola, hint of black tea. Entry was more black cherry and cola. Middle with some herb. Finish was strong, quite a bit more integrated than the 2016 vintage on the bottle would have suggested this would have been, and all from a Coravin sample that might have sat there to integrate for about 10-15 minutes. Impressed by this Bearwallow offering, and will only continue to improve over the next 5-7 years or longer.

9.3

Grant Everett

Fair amount of forest floor and mushroom here. In a good way

Fair amount of forest floor and mushroom here. In a good way

9.3

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    New York, NY 10022

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