Rivers-Marie Summa Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
Rivers-Marie is dedicated to producing single variety wines made to reflect the vineyard and vintage from which they came. Owned by Thomas Rivers Brown and Genevieve Marie Welsh, Rivers-Marie produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate on the Summa Pinot Noir is deep and generous with a core of red fruits. A savory edge has emerged over the last few years that Rivers believes will only intensify with time. For all the dark cherry and plum, there are equal parts mint, licorice and pine resin. This bottling is still a more immediate drinker than Summa Old Vines but now at 20 years of vine age, the profile gap is closing. Only 300 cases made.
For all the talk about house styles in wineries, Rivers Marie feels this wine proves that their wines are products of 'place', first and foremost. They take grape growing very serious and feel the quality of their wines comes from paying very close attention in the vineyard. Once the grapes hit the winery, they don't do that much to them, what is called a 'non-interventionist' approach in Europe.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast|
Jeb DunnuckAmple ripe cherries, mulberries, baking spices, and orange blossom notes emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard, which comes from a cooler vineyard that's insight of the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak, it's one of the more structured wines in the lineup and is medium to full-bodied, with notable tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish, all pointing to it having a solid 10-15 years of prime drinking.
Wine AdvocateThe 2017 Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1998. The wine aged 10 months in 33% new French oak. It's medium ruby in the glass with notes of woodsmoke, pipe tobacco, clove and cinnamon over wild blackberries, dried black cherries, charcuterie and underbrush, opening ever so slowly to red berry sparks and violet perfume with time in the glass. It's light to medium-bodied, intense and spicy with chalky tannins and juicy freshness, finishing long and layered. This is beautiful now but merits more time in bottle. 300 cases were made.
VinousThe 2017 Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard is pliant, supple and engaging. The expression of fruit is more overt than in the Old Vines. Bright red cherry, plum, lavender, rose petal, mint, blood orange and raspberry are all beautifully delineated in a this striking, super-expressive Pinot that will be impossible to resist young. Creamy and beautifully textured, the 2017 has so much to offer. It is one of the many highlights in the range.