Rivers-Marie 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. 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.
With such a strong vintage for quality and quantity, the folks at Riv were able to be incredibly selective in 2017. There is a piece of every single vineyard designate site in this wine. The base is still Riddle Vineyard, located in a warmer northeastern corner of Occidental, complemented here by young vines from Summa, some clone 667 from Occidental Ridge, clone 828 from Silver Eagle and one used barrel of Platt. This blend gives a great insight into what the vintage provided on the true Sonoma Coast. Riddle is naturally red fruited so this wine comes across as a little more accessible than the more brooding 2016 version. Plum, mineral laced red fruit and mint jump out first balanced by a mouthwatering acidity that comes in a little earlier than normal.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast|