2012 Rivers-Marie - Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard 750ml

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2012 Rivers-Marie - Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard

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(13.6% alcohol; these vines were planted in 1998): Good dark red. Red and dark fruits complicated by musky coffee, orange peel and spices on the nose. Sappy and concentrated, with ripe, harmonious acidity giving shape and lift to the flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, flowers and spices. Boasts lovely ripeness and a light touch, finishing with very fine tannins and excellent length. Impeccably balanced pinot noir, perhaps the best vintage to date for this bottling.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 174

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More Vintages and Sizes of Rivers-Marie - Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard:

2010 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)

About This Producer


"Perhaps the finest California pinot I have ever had the pleasure of tasting," says Allen Meadows in 2006. And that was enough for Rivers Marie to catch fire throughout an ever-increasing cult of Pinotphiles.

However, the story of Rivers-Marie begins with Thomas Brown, a native of South Carolina who caught the wine bug travelling through Europe as a twenty-something. He found his way to Napa Valley and learned under the tutelage of Ehren Jordan at Turley Wine Cellars. Years later, after becoming a consulting winemaker for more than a dozen wineries, Brown was connected with Scott Zeller, owner of Summa vineyard, and subsequently asked if he wanted some fruit.

From there, Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife, Genevieve Marie Welsh took advantage of their golden opportunity to make awesome Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. In the debut vintage of 2002, Summa vineyard was Brown's only source of Pinot Noir, but he soon expanded to other vineyards near Occidental, including Occidental Ridge. Now, in addition to producing some of the most sought-after and critically acclaimed Pinot Noir, the pair also produces Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Howell Mountain Cabernet.

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