Rivers-Marie

Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.310 ratings
9.23 pro ratings
Anderson Valley, North Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
John Willison

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.

Jan 12th, 2019
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9.4

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)

Apr 26th, 2018
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.

Oct 28th, 2018
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!

Oct 6th, 2018
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.

Apr 22nd, 2018
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

Apr 1st, 2018
Matt Sterr

Matt had this a year ago

Matt had this a year ago

Mar 29th, 2018
Mike D
9.3

Mike had this 2 months ago

Mike had this 2 months ago

Dec 1st, 2018
Grant Everett

Grant had this 6 months ago

Grant had this 6 months ago

Aug 28th, 2018
Mike D
9.3

Mike had this 7 months ago

Mike had this 7 months ago

Jul 15th, 2018