GV | $85 | 2021 Rivers-Marie Joy Road Vineyard Pinot Noir


Though the Joy Road Pinot Noir was new to Rivers-Marie in 2021, they’ve been working with this west Sonoma Coast site for nearly a decade. The Pinot side is three acres spread across 8 blocks. They have attempted to separately ferment as many of them as possible to get an overall impression of where the best quality lies. Given the complexities of this, it will takethem a while to get a handle on the entire site but early indications show a crunchy, red fruited wine with high toned white flowers, sandalwood and spearmint.

Rivers-Marie coveted the Pinot Noir from Joy Road well before they even started working with the Chardonnay from this vineyard in 2013. Having spent many years walking the Chardonnay block before harvest and sneaking in for a little taste of the various blocks of Pinot fruit along the way, they felt that they had a pretty good sense of the entire vineyard. The Chardonnay block here is only a third of an acre and most of the Pinot blocks aren’t much bigger so combining several blocks into one ferment was the pre-harvest goal. As the team got closer to picking, they couldn’t get a handle on exactly how we wanted to blend blocks so they fermented everything separately, 7 lots across 3 acres. It was a lot more work but ultimately gave them great insight into the vineyard character, upper slope vs. lower blocks, same clone/different rootstock, Dijon vs. heritage clones, etc.

“In character and proximity it is closest to Summa, red fruited and higher toned with a lifted white flower and sandalwood perfume and a crunchy, cranberry tinged palate. The acidity carries the finish which feels typical for this western Occidental neighborhood.”
-Winemaker Notes


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