Rivers-Marie 2018 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Once again this wine comes from the original vines at Bearwallow. To us, this block has much more of a red fruited, savory character then the blocks we bottle as the Bearwallow vineyard designate. There’s a lot more give to this edition compared to the 2016. There is also less rusticity, replaced here by a more focused fruit quality. I'd put this on an equal qualitative footing with the Sonoma Coast, last year I thought the Sonoma Coast was more fully realized when comparing the two appellation offerings. Cut hay, rhubarb, white pepper and ripe tannin round out the generous palate. This is showing so well right now it's a joy to drink.