Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2021 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife Genevieve Marie Welsh have quickly made Rivers-Marie one of California’s most sought after Pinot Noir labels. The winery was founded in 2002 and the first release was the Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir. In addition to the line up of Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs, Rivers-Marie also makes a several single vineyard Cabernets and Chardonnay. Thomas is in high demand and serves as a consultant for a number of wineries including Schrader and Outpost.

Sourced from Joy Road and Bearwallow and small slivers of Summa and Occidental Ridge Vineyards.

Bright crimson in color. 14.3% ABV. Heady nose of dark fruits, citrus, baking spices and forest floor. Full bodied with ample acidity. Bold, rich and brimming with lush fruits. Black cherry, cranberry, mulberry and blood orange on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Really young, perhaps even a touch primary. Delicious nonetheless, but better in 3-5 years.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2022 version of this wine was released just a few weeks ago to members of the mailing list.

I have been on the Rivers-Marie mailing list for well over 15 years. For me the Pinot Noir was always the main attraction here but the Cabernet and Chardonnay programs are really second to none when you factor in price and quality. Rivers-Marie wines are only available via their mailing list. Sign up for the mailing list if you have not done so already.

I’ve blogged about Rivers-Marie recently in A Visit to Rivers-Marie.

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