US-RHY-30-15

Chardonnay ‘Bearwallow Vineyard’, Rhys Vineyards

– All estate fruit from Bearwallow Vineyard down the deep end of Anderson Valley

– 400 – 700 ft. in elevation

– Whole cluster pressed oxidatively

– Fermented in barrique for about a year until dry, no racking or battonage

– Aged in tank for an additional 4-6 months before bottling

While driving northwest on Hwy 128 through the “Deep End” of Anderson Valley, it is difficult not to be struck by the majesty of Bearwallow Vineyard. As you round the bend, the sight of the steep vineyard-covered hills rising above the redwoods is quite spectacular. After tasting many examples of the elegant, mineral driven Pinot Noir that these “Deep End” hills can produce we were extremely excited to be able to acquire such a prime site in 2008.

Unlike our previous vineyard developments, six acres of eight year old Pinot Noir vines had already been planted but we immediately began the development of an additional 25 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. While waiting for our new acreage to become productive, the existing vines have produced the grapes for our Rhys Bearwallow Pinot Noir bottling. While we can’t wait to see what our new vines will bring, we love the wild berry, spicy, mineral driven Pinot produced by the older vines.

Producer:
Vintage:
2015
Country:
United States
Region:
California
Appellation:
Anderson Valley
Variety:
Chardonnay
Color:
White

Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
94
Date:
May 2018
Review:
The 2015 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard is the most expressive of the vineyard designate Chardonnays today, offering up a pretty nose of crisp green orchard fruit, white flowers, subtle nutmeg and lemon curd. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, bright and intense, with an elegantly textural attack, good concentration and a long, mouthwatering finish. It's not quite as searingly stony as the Horseshoe or Alpine bottlings, but that only lends it additional youthful charm.

Vinous Media

Score:
93
Date:
August 2017
Review:
A broad, ample wine, the 2015 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard is endowed with lovely textural richness and breadth. Orange peel, tangerine and exotic spice notes are pushed forward, with an attractive hint of reduction that adds character. This is a distinctly oily, creamy style of Chardonnay from Rhys.