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87 Points

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - I'm still confused after drinking this wine over a two night period. I believe this is the first Rivers Marie wine that I've been disappointed in. The Chardonnay is disjointed (unbalanced) with racey acidity and subtle oak. The PH is way to high in this wine and I like Oregon Chardonnay, Chablis and Sauvignon Blanc! This was the first vintage of Chardonnay that I've ever bought from RM. I can't afford to take another $40 gamble this year. I will pass on this wine in the future and stick with buying their Pinots and Cabernet.

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  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    1/21/2013 9:51:00 AM - JQ, I am actually happy about your comment regarding racey acidity and subtle oak. For me, the past few vintages (when not drank early), seem to exhibit a fast aging curve that sees both of the attributes you mention be in their opposite expression, in my view: lower acid and fatter texture. I was talking about the 2010 with another person this weekend and I will be opening one this coming weekend and see what I find. Thanks for the note.

  • Comment posted by Just Grapes:

    1/21/2013 11:10:00 AM - FM III,
    I'm a big fan of TRB going back to his earliest days at Outpost. In fact, that is how I was added to his initial PN release at Rivers Marie. Not only is he a very talented winemaker but he is a good guy so I'm all for giving him his props. I've been in the wine business a long time and really have not come across a Chardonnay that confuses me this much. I think this wine is much better just a little cooler than room temperature (slight chill). As one other review note's say, it is a cloudy Chardonnay too so he most likely did no/or very little filtering on this wine. I think I would have been a bigger fan if there was no oak treatment. There is a lemon note that is pretty strong on the attack and then it gets a little odd smack of oak. I'm wondering what the clonal selection is here and what surrounds the Thieriot vineyard. I'm going to wait another couple months before I open my last bottle just to see if the Chardonnay is in a funky stage right now. I've bought his Pinot's for years and even with vintage variation they are still solid. We use a couple of Dijon clones for our Chardonnay's in Oregon. Wines taste different to each and everyone of us. I hope that you find this Chardonnay more appealing than I did. Cheers!

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    1/21/2013 4:23:00 PM - I too like the pinots and will be buying them later this month on the new release. The recent 09 Occidental I had was really nice. However, the chardonnay puzzles me and I am passing on it now. I did recently order the new Wind Gap Brosseau chard, a 2010. Looks like Pax is going for the leaner, more expressive and chablis-styled white, much like Wells did with his Copain version, same vintage. Just an aside I thought I would pass on. Take good care. PS--what's your winery up north?

  • Comment posted by Just Grapes:

    1/23/2013 12:56:00 PM - Just read TRB's notes on the Chardonnay and he says to lay it down for a while so that's what I'm going to do with my last bottle.
    REX HILL/A to Z up in Willamette Valley.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    1/23/2013 6:03:00 PM - A-Z, huh. Is that you on the TV commercial I have been seeing?

    Hey on the RM chard, laying that down just seems counter to what I would see as a trend on that white. Maybe I change my mind when I have the 2010 this weekend but....!

  • Comment posted by Just Grapes:

    1/23/2013 8:42:00 PM - Had the 2009 RM PN Occidental tonight and it was really good. Now to figure out what to purchase tomorrow.

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