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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 9 
ProducerRivers-Marie (web)
VineyardB. Thieriot Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 11 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Rivers Marie Chardonnay B. Theriot Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 95 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by btock on 6/26/2015 & rated 90 points: From the TN's below, looks like much of this wine ended up in Minnesota! Hazy in the glass, which reminds me of the Kistler style and is something I enjoy. Heavier than I remembered past tastes of this bottling being. Oak is there, weighing on the fruit a bit. We had this set against a ricotta and mushroom ravioli and that was nice as the wine needed the depth of food flavors to sync against. That was my main gripe with it, very nicely flavored just not as high toned as I recall the '09. Recommend enjoying these sooner than later as I worry the wine will continue to take on weight with age. (522 views)
 Tasted by Bellissimo on 6/19/2015: Brought to a restaurant paired with two seafood courses. Tropical fruit, meyer lemon, tangerines. Decent acid backbone. Not buttery but definitely some oak at play. Spouse didn't care for the oak whereas I didn't mind as much. (493 views)
 Tasted by marka on 5/25/2015 & rated 89 points: TN consistent with March 2014...nowhere near as pleasurable as the 2009. (528 views)
 Tasted by WestJohnson on 4/2/2015 & rated 92 points: Very restrained style, but I like it. Great acidity. White orchard fruits and white flowers. Very delicate oak treatment. Great minerality. (646 views)
 Tasted by VinoDiver on 3/30/2015 & rated 92 points: Well made with good balance. This is drinking well now. I don't see any sign that this is starting to fade, but I'm not sure it will improve a great deal with additional bottle age. (690 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 2/15/2015 & rated 92 points: Monthly Tasting Group: CDP's and Southern Rhones (Meritage, St. Paul): Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over an hour. This was a bit warm when served, but it still maintained its energy pretty well. I liked the nose with its tangerine and meyer lemons, brisk minerals and light orange blossom notes. The palate had medium body, racy acidity, tangy, good stony minerals, tangerine, meyer lemon, and a very long finish. I didn't really find any oak showing on this tonight either. Impressive, and I suspect even better with a bit more of a chill. (1109 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 2/13/2015: 13.4% alcohol. Echoing Rich's note from February 1 -- this is on the richer, fuller side of the spectrum, with a notably dark yellow color for its age. Lovely nose of stone, ripe apples, and spice, with some oak. In the mouth, you're braced for something overblown and ripe, but it's pure and driven, with terrifically bright apple fruit, good spice notes, and strong acidity. Drives through on the finish. A- (832 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 2/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Delicious, concentrated aromatics of sweet green apple and hazelnut. Palate is full bodied with round fruit and lush acidity. Intense and persistent across the mid-palate. Full-flavored and on the sweeter side of the spectrum - but not overdone and with good balance and precision of flavor. I'd drink this younger than older -- seems ideal right now. (949 views)
 Tasted by Wine'in Brian on 12/14/2014 & rated 91 points: This is in a great place right now. Big and rich, with nice interplay of citrus, tropical fruits, and a touch of vanilla from the wood. The big fruit flavors and barrel influence are cleansed by a refreshing acidity. (1147 views)
 Tasted by thomaskeil on 7/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Similar to note from last year. Nice interplay of rich tropical, melon and orchard fruits with crisp acidity. Toast noted by Nanda is there too. Paired well (better than a syrah) with grilled 'porterhouse' pork chop out on the deck. Really nice. (1986 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 7/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Big nose of tropical fruit, honeyed apples and toast. Palate is rich with slightly-sweet fruit and well-integrated toast. Nice acidity that frames the substantial profile. This is nicely done, rich Cali chardonnay. (1670 views)
 Tasted by budman on 7/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Super. This made my buying decision next week a no-brainer!!!!! (1898 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 7/5/2014: I don't remember this being so oaky. It's not buttery but definitely oaky. There is also an odd chemical note so maybe this was off. (1832 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 6/18/2014: Rich S nailed it
I only had a few sips but bit hit with in laws who love buttery Cali chards
Ver nice for this style (1780 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 4/12/2014 & rated 92 points: Light golden color, slightly cloudy. Great nose of buttered apple, lemon curd, white floral notes and a little vanilla bean. Citrus and baked apple flavors on the palate with a bit of vanilla oak and a touch of butter on the finish. Crisp acidity with a smooth mouthfeel and finish. Definitely a riper Cali chard than some others from the Sonoma Coast but still a balanced wine that works very well with food. I would rebuy. (1814 views)
 Tasted by Bellissimo on 4/6/2014: Brought to a restaurant. Spouse and I finished over three courses. This surprised me coming with a much stronger acid backbone than what I was expecting given what others are writing of late. Meyer lemon, some lime, a bit of tropical notes (but only after temp came up towards end of the night) with hardly any sense of oak. Like where this is at. (1710 views)
 Tasted by GalvezGuy on 4/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Liquid Farm 4/4 Chardonnay Shootout (Lucio's BYOB, Houston): Tasted blind. Nice nose more tropical with apples, citrus, fig, and pineapple. On the palate much lighter weight than the nose would have you believe with apple, lemon curd, and fig. Nice crisp finish. #8 (1909 views)
 Tasted by JFish on 3/25/2014: Quick TN. Popped and poured. Drank over the course of 3 hours, the wine did not change much with the added air. Texturally, it coated the mouth, but it was not heavy or ponderous. The wine walks a fine line, balancing hazelnut, tropical fruits and acidity. Great pairing with a lemony Fettucine Alfredo(ish) pasta dish. (1900 views)
 Tasted by marka on 3/16/2014 & rated 88 points: Nowhere near as good as the 09. Cloudy with sediment at the bottom. Perhaps I should have filtered it. A bit bitter mid-palate. Something like mango on the palate, a bit of peach, and lemon particularly on the nose. (1758 views)
 Tasted by Meerlust on 12/27/2013 & rated 92 points: Light yellow color. The nose is a melange of pineapple, lemon, lime, and vanilla. On the palate, the explosive fruit is a blend of pineapple, citrus fruit (lemon and lime), vanilla, and a deft touch of caramel. The acidity is excellent, and the finish is long and packed with citrus. Overall, this is a very classy Chardonnay with ample fruit and high acidity to bring out the fruit as well as deft use of oak. (1725 views)
 Tasted by Just Grapes on 12/23/2013 & rated 89 points: This wine showed a lot better than my first bottle. It has started to come together and has become more balanced. The first bottle was way out of whack in 2012. If I had another bottle, I would try it in 2 years. (1708 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 12/22/2013: Enjoyed this last night alongside a nice charcuterie plate. The wine had 2 kind of expessions--the first, when cool, gave it a more chablis-like impression, as it comes across leaner and crisper. With more closer to room temp and with the remaining chill, some of the vanilla bean comes through, along with a distinct lime flavor. My advice, to get the wine in the right zone, for the old world side (the acidity) and the new world side (vanilla and fruit) to show, is get it with a moderate chill and explore the wine a bit as the temp changes. I liked this bottle. (1886 views)
 Tasted by twelch on 9/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank at the cabin on labor day. Really nice Chardonnay that is not over-oaked or a butter bomb. Really crisp citrus fruit that had a mineral edge to it. Could drink this all day. (1891 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 9/8/2013 & rated 92 points: Dinner with Friends (SHS, Cos, Donnhoff, RM, +++) (Our home): One of the few Chards I buy regularly. Golden in color. The nose is grapefruit, some vanilla cream and very nice. Creamy texture. On the palate, this is delicious. Youthful. Nicely balanced, lemons, grapefruit and some vanilla. Long finish. Pretty wine. (2061 views)
 Tasted by thomaskeil on 8/3/2013 & rated 91 points: Deeper yellow/straw. Nose with lemon curd, some white and tropical fruits, butternut (fruit+oak). Medium fruit weight on entry with an slight oily texture that is nicely cut by crisp acidity and a hint of mineral. Some complexity of aroma and texture. Not finesseful. The weight and the crispness did well with salmon/watercress quiche and endive salad. Agree with drinking this fairly early. (1645 views)
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Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
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2010 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard

Winery note: 2010 Rivers-Marie B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay Sonoma Coast - 180 cases, 13.4% alc., 50% new oak
Of course the year we double the vine acreage we buy yields are tiny. This was our last piece to harvest in 2010 and until the heat in late September hit, we weren't so sure it was going to come in. Pressing out at 3.14 pH and 10 grams of acidity it's a bit of an understatement to say the wine has nice cut. As touched on previously, we feel we do a better job of making this wine every year. This might be the first year where all the potential we saw in the raw material is realized in the finished product. Once again we treated every barrel as an individual wine carefully monitoring both primary and malo completion in every lot. As in the past, there was no inoculation for either fermentation and no lees stirring. For the first time we bottled this wine at the same time as the Pinots to capture as much freshness and primary character as we could. The nose on this wine is more expressive currently than any of the Pinots. It's heavy on hazelnuts, lemon meringue, lime/lemon zest, lanolin, brioche and white chocolate. Now that we are four years in it's hard to find original things to say about this site/wine but I can say without reservation it's a wine we love to drink.


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