Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Beautifully crafted, deliciously rich and polished, harmonious and layered, offering rich red and dark berry, with light cedar, mineral and spice. Ends with firm, fine-grained tannins.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a gorgeous, rich wine layered with mint, tobacco, spices, cedar and licorice. It shows gorgeous textural depth and tons of aromatic nuances. This is a fabulous wine loaded with class and personality. It isn't the biggest wine here, but it is exceptionally polished. Wow!Author: Antonio Galloni
Self | Rating: 94Day 1: Napa fruit purity and freshness prevail here! A dark red core with vibrant red edges. Aromas of cherry, black raspberry, chocolate, and graphite . The palate is young but generous with fine medium toned tannins and plenty of acidity for freshness. Great length as the finish carries the fruit and dusty mocha to the end. Day 3: Rock solid day 3, the remaining half bottle was re-bottled and sealed in a half bottle. Same wine but with more complexity and breadth.Author: Koby
Self | Rating: 92pretty ripe but good acidity and streak of mineralityAuthor: Seaway J
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.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 519 bottles owned
- 68 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 68 collectors)