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2015 Rhys "Porcupine Hill" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1402773 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark From the same vineyard as the Bearwallow cuvee, the 2015 Pinot Noir Porcupine Hill comes from newer, high density plantings checking in at a seriously packed 17,000 vines per hectare. It’s one of most seamless, sexy, yet still balanced and classic wines I’ve tasted from Kevin and his team. Black raspberries, framboise, rose garden, violets and loads of spice all flow to an incredibly textured, seamless, perfectly ripe Pinot Noir that has silky tannin and a great finish. The tannin quality is what really separates this cuvee from the straight vineyard release, and it’s a more polished, elegant wine that’s going to age beautifully. Inner quote mark (8/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2015 Pinot Noir Porcupine Hill Bearwallow Vineyard is a particular success in this vintage, opening in the glass with a lovely bouquet of black cherries and raspberries, rich spices, coniferous forest floor and subtle notions of cola. On the palate, it's full-bodied, lavish and beautifully complete, with a generous core of fruit that's framed by velvety tannins and underpinned by bright acids. Seamless and superbly delineated, I suspect this is Rhys' best Porcupine Hill release to date, and it's well worth seeking out. It also happens to be one of the few cuvées that were produced in reasonable quantities this year. (WK) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark All of the qualities of Bearwallow come through in the 2015 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard Porcupine Hill, but in an amped up manner. Plush and intense, but also massively tannic, the 2015 is going to require quite a bit of patience. Here, too, the flavors are on the darker end of the spectrum. This is a gorgeous wine in the making. The core of Porcupine Hill is composed of newer, high density plantings, but the wine itself is best defined as the very best selection of Bearwallow. (AG) 95+ Inner quote mark (8/2017)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The portion of very densely-planted vines in Bearwallow that make up the Porcupine Hill bottling seem to have weathered the vintage very well, as there is an excellent sense of detail and future complexity presented here on both the nose and palate. Like the regular Bearwallow Pinot, this is 13.6% octane and delivers a fine, youthful nose of sappy blackberries, black cherries, espresso, a refined signature of dark soil tones, cola, singed earth and a touch of new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with a superb core of fruit, fine-grained tannins and excellent length and grip on the very well-balanced finish. This is more polished structurally than any of the other single vineyard Pinots up to this point in the lineup. Inner quote mark (8/2017)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Whiffs of oak and menthol sit atop the alluringly spicy nose of mostly dark berry fruit aromas spliced with hints of lavender and violet. The round, suave and opulent flavors possess lovely size, weight and richness while managing to maintain good balance on the sappy, mildly warm and lingering finish that tightens up noticeably as it sits on the palate. This moderately robust effort has good muscle and punch though not so much that the mouth feel is rustic. Note that while this could be enjoyed on the younger side, the underlying structure is sufficiently firm that should successfully permit extended aging. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (6/2018)

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