2007 Rivers-Marie - Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Burghound | Rating: 89

(from Sonoma Coast fruit that produced 120 cases; bottled at 14.1%) No review available

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 36

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($45; just 13.2% alcohol; from two different blocks; two-thirds new oak) Medium red. Intriguing nose melds cranberry, orange zest, rust, smoke and underbrush. Sweet but juicy and lively, with a saline element contributing to a chewy texture. Sneaky acidity and firm tannins keep this a bit youthfully subdued. I'd wait a year before pulling the cork.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: KMS
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/28/2013

Average rating: 90, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

512 bottles owned by 283 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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