92 points Vinous
The 2019 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard is a very pretty wine, and the most open-knit of these Chardonnays. Tangerine oil, spice, dried flowers, chamomile and light tropical accents give this pliant, expressive Chardonnay so much immediacy. Of all the Rivers-Marie 2019 Chardonnays, the Bearwallow is the wine I would open first. It is so enticing, even in the early going.
"This wine showcases just how great the 2019 vintage was on the north coast. The aromatic pop, sweet entry and kaleidoscopic finish highlight the completeness of wines from this year. All the normal yellow fruits are here plus a salty, mineral flecked nuance that we have never seen before. Pear, almond and lemon confit define the palate as the wine starts to unwind toward a waxy richness. Just like last year, there’s the slightest hint of reduction in the wine which manifests as white chocolate and matchstick. The tiny berries from this impeccably farmed site though produce a white that has structure and grip and will definitely need a year or two to unwind in the cellar." - Thomas Rivers Brown