2015 Rhys Vineyards Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $59. 23 acres situated at 300 to 600 feet elevation in the “deep end.” 10”-25” of topsoil over fractured shale, quartz and sandstone. Rhys selection massale and heritage clones. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Very shy aromas of black cherry, fertile earth and spice. More lushness, sap and finish than the Porcupine Hill bottling at this stage. Mid weight plus flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, and boysenberry backed by firm tannins that show up on the finish as slight astringency. More appealing when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle when the nose was quite earthy, yet the palate was alive with cherry fruit, with still noticeable tannins on the finish. Score: 93. Reviewed April 14, 2018

Winery: Rhys Vineyards
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