Well this is my last bottle, and I am sorry to see it go. After an uninspiring childhood the '08 Bearwallow continues on a path of positive development. The balance is excellent, and while it still has quite a bit of deep berry fruit, it also has a set of aged elements that continue to develop. I would not go so far as sous bois, but there is a touch of earthiness and warm herbal aromas that add complexity. If I had any more bottles I might let them rest for 3-4 more years. The positive development of this bottling gives me confidence in aging the other Bearwallow wines.
Decanted for 45 minutes. Very nice nose, and a good length to boot. Mouth is very full and nicely round, but still a bit structured. The sweet notes are there - earth, canned red fruit. Nice drinking now, but perhaps less angry (and therefore more likable) in another year or two...?
Classic Anderson Valley nose -- black cherry, blueberry and menthol, with notes of citrus, bittersweet chocolate and, yes, a whiff of smoke. Quite nice. On the palate, a real dark/light contrast, with intermingling waves of black cherry and cranberry/citrus. Very spicy across the mid-palate, and a long finish. Better with 90+ minutes of air. Lovely.
Reading through the notes below, Gutt22's review is spot on.
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(Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard) Dark cherry red color; forest floor, fine oak, woody nose; tight, tart cherry, sous bois, mineral palate with a touch of smoke and firm tannins, needs 5-7 years; medium-plus finish
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