GV | $50 | Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir


Given how big the Pinot program is at Rivers-Maire relative to their two other varietals, they have the ability to be very selective when determining what goes into the single vineyard wines. This has always made their Sonoma Coast bottling an incredible value given its price to quality relationship. The goal here is zero to little new oak and a fresh fruit character that shows site and varietal first. Juicy and concentrated, this bottling drinks well out of the gate but time has shown it can easily age for 15+ years.

Given the abundance of 2021, they were able to make some hard qualitative cuts and still have plenty of wine to satisfy the single vineyard needs. Whereas the 2019 was exclusively Riddle Vineyard, the 2021 features pieces of Joy Road and Bearwallow and small slivers of Summa and Occidental Ridge. This returns it more to an insight into the Occidental coast as a whole though it does skew stylistically toward the northeastern corner of that area. Rivers-Marie has never made this wine to be a lesser wine than the vineyard designates. Their approach in the vineyard and winery is the same for all the lots that comprise a vintage.

“The 2021 leads with a medium plus color and a flavor profile featuring pomegranates, ground herbs, plum and black cherry. Smoke, loamy earth and spring flowers add a savory note to balance the fruit. There are some chewy tannins on the finish which reminds me of the 2013 and 2016. As usual there is very little new oak on this wine so the structure here is more fruit tannin than barrel.”

-Winemaker Notes


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