Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife Genevieve Marie Walsh 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 few single vineyard Cabernets and Chardonnay. Thomas is in high demand and serves as a consultant for a number of wineries including Schrader and Outpost.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from Riddle, Summa, Platt, Occidental and Silver Eagle Vineyards.
Ruby red in color. 14.2% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, citrus, pine needle and Christmas spices. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Lithe, elegant and silky. Strawberry, cranberry, blood orange and earth on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Gorgeous Pinot Noir that should be used to protect the single vineyard offerings so they can age just a little bit longer. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 92 points.
The 2019 version of this wine will be released next Spring.
I have been on the Rivers-Marie mailing list for well over a decade. For me the Pinot Noir was always the main attraction here but the Cabernet program is 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.