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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 17 
ProducerRivers-Marie (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
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UPC Code(s)874382000244

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2019 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Rivers Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 166 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Deadhead on 6/15/2015 & rated 92 points: Great value! Bright red fruits. Drinking well. (603 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/16/2015 & rated 87 points: Ripe, red-fruit driven Pinot with a bit of orange peel and cinnamon. The alcohol seems a bit more obvious than before, but this is still enjoyable given the wealth of buffering fruit. Not subtle, or complex, but fun. (954 views)
 Tasted by daniel.jay on 5/12/2015 & rated 89 points: Bright red fruit, orange peel, acid. Needed food to balance. This is a nice QPR at $25, but a distant second to their single vineyard bottlings. (1015 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 4/26/2015: Totally underwhelming. Lots of fruit, but it is rather dull and flat. Medium-bodied and somewhat richly textured, but without much structure or grip. Will not score as I believe this was simply a bad bottle. (1119 views)
 Tasted by marka on 4/14/2015 & rated 89 points: bright, fruity, balanced. Try to wait until 2017 for the last one. (1161 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 4/4/2015 & rated 91 points: Consistent with previous bottle in all respects. Really vibrant on the nose and palate. The orange rind and baking spice notes were off the charts. (1217 views)
 Tasted by Brunello123 on 3/27/2015 & rated 92 points: My last bottle and it is drinking very well right now. Going forward I'll wait a couple of years before drinking my RM sonoma coast. (1131 views)
 Tasted by NostraBacchus on 3/10/2015 & rated 90 points: Tasted at a big California tasting. Beautiful aromatics of cinnamon, red berries, dark cherries, flowers, minerals and some steely notes. It's medium-bodied and dense with medium-high acidity and medium+ tannin providing structure and freshness. Good length. A very pretty and juicy Pinot Noir from R-M. (1682 views)
 Tasted by kkdlam on 3/1/2015: Tart red cherries with lot of dark berries. Good amount of acid giving it a long mouth watering feel. Only short fall is the tail is rather short and leaves nothing but tartness behind.

Overall, would buy again in a heartbeat. Could still use some extra time in the bottle. (1161 views)
 Tasted by Brunello123 on 2/20/2015 & rated 94 points: It's drinking very well right now. (1192 views)
 Tasted by pgb67 on 2/19/2015: Interesting to read some of the recent notes on this bc the descriptors are so varied (from burgundian to sun-drenched)(from flat/dull to full of power). I found this bottle to be perplexing because I thought it was more concentrated and "sun-drenched" than the typical R-M SC but at the same time it was dull and the finish was green. Maybe an off bottle or off vintage. (1240 views)
 Tasted by jctra on 2/12/2015 & rated 92 points: This is a wonderful Pinot full of power. Intense fruit, I can taste the sun. Very nice value, recommended. (1353 views)
 Tasted by Grape_ape on 1/18/2015: found this a bit flat and dull rather to other vintages, not sure why.... sappy, glossy texture on the palate, shortish finish... not sure if an off bottle or what (1480 views)
 Tasted by budman on 1/17/2015 & rated 92 points: Best QPR ever!!! (1370 views)
 Tasted by PSUSteve on 1/13/2015 & rated 91 points: Without air, this is crisp and full of red fruit primarily cranberry and strawberry but I agree with Frank's description of astringent. I liked it much more with an hour of air. Red fruit seemed much deeper with some spice creeping in. (1281 views)
 Tasted by sterin on 1/2/2015 & rated 87 points: This bottle wasn't nearly as good as my last bottle. This was my first disappointing bottle from Rivers Marie. Today it was tart and disjointed. (1459 views)
 Tasted by egh on 1/2/2015 & rated 91 points: This impresses with its freshness, expressiveness, approachability, and purity, concentration, and depth of fruit with an aromatic and flavor profile of cranberry, red cherry, creamy strawberry, pine needle, and baking spices. At only $25, for my palate this bottling offers the best value proposition in CA pinot. (1395 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 12/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Very sweet red and blue fruit. Nice, full round and creamy mouthfeel (1345 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 12/17/2014 & rated 91 points: Really lovely nose of red fruits - mostly strawberry, with cranberry, rose petals, pine and a hint of earth/funk. However, on the palate it is slightly tart and under-ripe. Medium body, smooth and silky texture and overall light and lithe. Takes on weight and depth with 30 min. of airtime. Good now and likely to improve. If the fruit turns a bit sweeter, this will be very, very nice. As others have noted, this is a "no brainer" to buy every year. 90-91 (1426 views)
 Tasted by twelch on 12/2/2014 & rated 88 points: a little less pronounced and lighter on it's feet than previous bottles. Dare I say more burgundian? Lighter in color, not as dense, nose not as intense. (1687 views)
 Tasted by gzim on 11/1/2014 & rated 88 points: Red raspberry, cranberry but a bit of an astringency which detracts a bit. Nice pinot for the price. (1555 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 9/27/2014 & rated 91 points: 4th Saturday Group. Drinking well above it's price point. Consistent notes as prior bottle. (1603 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 9/27/2014 & rated 90 points: 4th Saturday Group brown bagger (Rich & Dana's): Ruby color. Notes of black cherry and herbs; bigger and more herbal than wine A. Flavors of cinnamon, cola and dark cherry. Guessed Sonoma Pinot. 90+ pts. (1926 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 9/13/2014: No delay here, as I chilled this down a bit and then pulled the cork and started typing this note. As I look at the note from EGH below, he's called this wine spot on. There's a sappiness to the wine, yet an underpinning of cranberry and blueberry, pine needle and a similar meaty note that I flagged on the last note I wrote for the previous bottle I had. Juicy and and a bit astringent, at least with this shortage of air but the fruit does jam up a bit more when it gets a little warmer, more air. Very good, still young and I expect this can continue to age well and develop further. (1945 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 9/3/2014 & rated 92 points: Better than previous bottling, this is very good for the value. (1790 views)
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2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Winery note:

2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - 450 cases, 14.1% alcohol, 15% new oak
Is this the best Sonoma Coast to date? Everything about the vintage and where the wine was sourced from would suggest so. Coming from arguably the most successful part of Occidental, it is comprised of 8 barrels of Riddle Vineyard 828/Pommard, 5 barrels of Lancel Creek Vineyard 777 and 3 barrels of Occidental Ridge Vineyard 667. All the high toned notes of red and orange fruits are there with a freshness that comes from the delicate nature of the vintage. The SC bottling usually absorbs some sites that saw a bit too much heat to make the vineyard designate cut. It can render the final product a bit too heavy for some folks on the mailing list. This is not the case with the '11. Its persistent lightness is refreshing and mouth coating without weighing down the palate. It's basically what the 2010 would have been minus the late heat of that vintage.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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