Rivers Marie is more known for their Pinot's and Cab's but they make a tremendous Chardonnay as well. It does have some oak showing but its use is deft and all but the most oakaphobes among us should LOVE this wine. The 2016 is still a bit young but is drinking very well. These wines seem to age pretty well, but the truth is, i rarely am disciplined enough to let mine age. Yellow gold in color. The nose has lemons, vanilla and slight sawdust. On the palate, this is like a slightly sweet/sour lemon candy with a touch of vanilla. Great acidity. Long finish. This particular bottle was
This is a mostly Grenache wine (87%) with the rest Syrah from Dry Stack Vineyard. It is a delicious and charming wine that is drinking well right now and for the next five years or so. Deep ruby in color. The nose has black raspberries, slight saw dust, black pepper and slight sour cherries. On the palate, this is soft with a nice complexity. Good acidity. Black raspberry fruit and a bit of oak. Light tannins. Nice finish. This drinks easy but has enough depth to get your attention. It works well on its own or with medium or hearty fare.
This was a worrisome bottle. The top was sticky due to a leaking cork. On opening, the cork was a mess and had leaked and apparently self sealed at some point. Still, the underlying wine was excellent. Light golden in color. The nose has green apples, slight lemon custard and hints of vanilla. On the palate, this has a creamy texture but sharp acidity. Nice lemon fruit with some vanilla. Slight tannins. Long finish. Drinks like a wine I would expect from the Sonoma Coast. No idea how the leaking cork affected the development of this wine. Will work great with veggies and spicy f
A great value int eh world of Zinfandel. This is a very good wine year in and year out and 2017 is no exception. These will probably last for a decade but they are so good young and it is easy to just keep popping the corks never seeing how well they age. Purple in color. The nose is peppery with black cherries and some raspberries. Also some char. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Thick but juicy. Lots of black cherry fruit and spice. Nice finish. Not a monster by any means but great fruit. Will work with all but the lightest of foods.
This wine took a long time to open up and was still improving four hours later when retasted at the end of the night. The first impression score was maybe a 90 and eventually it got up to 99. Really impressive but if opening, give it air or time. Medium deep golden in color. The nose has oak, vanilla and lemon. With air a metallic not comes and goes. Then a buttery quality which stays although moves more into the background. Eventually, some orange citrus and floral notes with a great underlying minerality. The palate also goes thru a wild ride starting off tight and oak driven, the
Light green/gold in color. The nose is tight at first but opens quickly. Showing dust, slight vanilla and lemons. With air, more of the oak shows as fresh cut lumber. It has a slightly oily texture which is very nice. On the palate, more red apples. As the oak subsides a bit with air, the depth and complexity take front stage. This is really deep and complex and even at age 7, still needs a bit more time to get to peak though it is drinking well right now. The finish is a bit sweet and very long. This should go well with a wide variety of foods and in this case was perfect with a B
Deep ruby/purple in color. The nose has black cherries, spice and slight earthiness. The palate matches the nose. This wine is juicy with bigger tannins for a Pinot Noir. Ripe fruit. Good acidity. This is a big Pinot and will work well on its own. It was need some bigger food than some traditional Pinot matching foods but should work great with stews and meat dishes or heavy sauces. It may still get better and will definitely mature. Drink or hold now or in ten years.
This was offered at a local wine store. They listed the price at $20 which is a good value for a Pinot of this quality. It is lighter in style, especially for California and that seemed popular with the crowd. Light ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is slightly earthy with a macerated cherry quality. Very nice. On the palate, there are slight tannins. Cherries with a pretty silky texture. A slight bitter note on the finish. All in all this is a very pretty wine.
Purple in color. The nose has nice cassis, dust, cherries and slight green bell pepper. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Good cassis fruit over a dry earthiness. Light tannins. The bell pepper is only on the nose. This has some complexity at this point. Good finish. Not uber ripe but certainly not under ripe either. Drinking well, it may possibly still improve with further cellaring. Will work better with bigger or spicy foods but is ok on its own. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
This is from the Cortina vineyard which is older low yielding vines. It is a bit pricier but still a nice value in the red wine world and an outstanding wine. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. Clear and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, baking spice and black pepper. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Rich and velvety yet the wine is concentrated. Lots of depth and complexity as well. Black cherries, earth, bramble and slight pepper. Good acidity. Long finish. A very pretty wine that was better on Day 2. This should easily last a decade although for th