2010 Rhys "Bearwallow Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $100)

SKU #1088989 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright violet color. Sexy, highly perfumed scents of musky red and dark berries, incense and Asian spices, with a bright mineral topnote. Fresh, impressively concentrated raspberry and blackberry flavors are firmed by silky tannins and brightened by zesty minerality and a hint of blood orange. Suavely melds richness with energy, finishing on notes of tangy red berry skin and smoky minerals. (ST)  (5/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a recently purchased site in the Anderson Valley, the 2010 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard stands apart from all of the other wines in the Rhys lineup. It possesses precise, brilliant aromatics and finely sculpted fruit. Overall, the Bearwallow is a subtle, refined Pinot built on finesse, with gorgeous underlying minerality and tons of class. Proprietor Kevin Harvey bought this site in 2008, and subsequently planted an additional 25 acres of vineyards to the existing six on this property. (AG)  (8/2012)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the nose reminds me somewhat of the Skyline in that it is very restrained and similar in composition with its floral, spice and mostly dark berry fruit aromas. By contrast, while there is a lovely sense of refinement to the medium-bodied flavors there isn't the same level of concentration or depth of material, particularly on the otherwise balanced and very pretty finish.  (1/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Deftly balanced, offering spicy and peppery scents, with red berry fruit and a crushed rock minerality, ending with a cleansing, detailed finish. The first Rhys Pinot from a new vineyard in Anderson Valley. (JL)  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

About the producer, from Allen Meadows of Burghound: "Owner Kevin Harvey and winemaker Jeff Brinkman continue to fashion truly remarkable wines, indeed they are consistently among the best examples that California has to offer. At each of their vineyards sites over 75% of the land is left in a completely natural state. In addition to the native wildlife, they plant herbs, flowers, vegetables and grain crops while free ranging chickens and sheep also help naturally fertilize the vineyards. This is all part of their philosophy that creating a living soil creates better wine. Their winemaking process, from harvest to bottling, is based on a gravity system and the wines are never pumped, fined, or filtered. Readers should be aware that the Rhys wines are clearly fashioned in a built-to-age style and thus are most assuredly not intended to show their best young. Thus, I would suggest that if you're going to buy them, do so with the intent to allow for at least a few years of bottle age."


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