Rivers-Marie

Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.27 ratings
9.31 pro ratings
Anderson Valley, North Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Patrick Derdeyn

With the annual release of these coming this week I needed to try one of these for research purposes. A couple years in bottle now has definitely helped it settle in and a splash decant is recommended. This marries the classic Rivers Marie style with a darker fruit profile from the Rhys estate vineyard fruit. Definitely on the list to buy from the upcoming release.

With the annual release of these coming this week I needed to try one of these for research purposes. A couple years in bottle now has definitely helped it settle in and a splash decant is recommended. This marries the classic Rivers Marie style with a darker fruit profile from the Rhys estate vineyard fruit. Definitely on the list to buy from the upcoming release.

Jan 19th, 2020
Aaron Rankin

Fun to taste what TRB does with Rhys fruit from Anderson Valley

Fun to taste what TRB does with Rhys fruit from Anderson Valley

Dec 11th, 2020
Brandon T

Nice, but give it another couple years.

Nice, but give it another couple years.

Dec 20th, 2019
Al Shikoh

Moderate reddish purple in the glass. Quite young and tightly knit at this point showing predominantly barrel notes with caramel and dusty cedar but with aeration also wild berries and hints of mint. The red toned fruit is prominent on the palate with surprisingly muscular tannins, balanced acidity, 14.2% alcohol, and good length. This is River-Marie’s first vintage sourced from Rhys’ estate Bearwallow vineyard in the “deep end” of Anderson Valley. The bottling shows promise but would undoubtedly benefit from time in the cellar to unwind. $68.

Moderate reddish purple in the glass. Quite young and tightly knit at this point showing predominantly barrel notes with caramel and dusty cedar but with aeration also wild berries and hints of mint. The red toned fruit is prominent on the palate with surprisingly muscular tannins, balanced acidity, 14.2% alcohol, and good length. This is River-Marie’s first vintage sourced from Rhys’ estate Bearwallow vineyard in the “deep end” of Anderson Valley. The bottling shows promise but would undoubtedly benefit from time in the cellar to unwind. $68.

Jan 18th, 2018
Eric L.

The bear wallow is my least favorite of the R-M Pinots. Very lean, without much fruit.

The bear wallow is my least favorite of the R-M Pinots. Very lean, without much fruit.

Dec 28th, 2017
Brandon T

Awesome Pinot after a 2 hour decant. Will definitely be grabbing a bunch more next release.

Awesome Pinot after a 2 hour decant. Will definitely be grabbing a bunch more next release.

Nov 11th, 2017
Ned Gray Creed

Great with Atlantic salmon, grilled to perfection. Don’t know if Pacific salmon would have worked, didn’t have it. Let it be known.

Great with Atlantic salmon, grilled to perfection. Don’t know if Pacific salmon would have worked, didn’t have it. Let it be known.

Oct 2nd, 2017