2012 Rhys "Bearwallow Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from Anderson Valley in California's North Coast, the 2012 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is distinctly different than the Santa Cruz Mountain releases. Full, layered and supple, with possibly more mid-palate flesh than the slightly more racy 2012s from further south, this beauty gives up lovely notes of passion fruits, wild herbs (thyme, rosemary, lavender), eucalyptus and spice. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multi-dimensional on the palate, with a brilliant texture, this impeccably balanced beauty will age gracefully for another decade or more. (JD)
The 2012 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is another wine with great fruit intensity, not unlike the Family Farm, but with darker fruit and more exotic, spiced overtones. Black cherry, plum, cloves, lavender and violets meld together in a radiant, beautifully expressive wine loaded with intensity and pure class. Underlying veins of minerality are present, but they are totally covered by the pure intensity of the fruit. The Bearwallow was vinified with 20% whole clusters. (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* Here the nose is quite reticent and requires considerable swirling to liberate the wonderfully fresh and cool black cherry, raspberry and floral scents. In much the same fashion as the Alpine the medium weight flavors possess a strikingly refined mouth feel yet there is a bit more heft to the mid-palate, all wrapped in a solidly structured, balanced and beautifully long finish. This is a bigger and more powerful effort that possesses plenty of dry extract to buffer the firm tannic spine. In contrast to the prior two wines I would suggest holding this for at least 4 to 5 years first but it will need 10 or so to reach its full apogee.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Lurid ruby-red. Lively cherry and redcurrant on the nose, with suave floral and Asian spice nuances adding complexity. Mineral-accented red and dark berry flavors are concentrated but youthfully taut, with a sneaky herbal note adding complexity. Closes zesty and long, with excellent clarity and length and fine-grained tannins. (ST)