Ripe black and blue fruit on both nose and palate with sweet baking spice aromas. Good concentration and mid-palate. Only detraction is that the ripeness is still coming across as ever-so-slightly sweet at the end. I think this still has upside from here.
Black and blue fruit with some sweet baking spice. Good concentration that picked up weight with more time in glass. I like how this is evolving and softening vs a couple of bottles from three years ago.
Another excellent bottle. On the nose, an intruiging mix of dark fruit (black cherry) with lighter notes of grapefruit and orange zest, all intermingled with flowers, cloves and spice box. Nice. Palate is similar, with a primary black cherry note, underlaid by citrus, nutmeg, and a touch of unsweetened chocolate. Lively acidity across the palate. Powerful yet lithe.
This wine is in a really good place right now, probably the sweet spot. The nose is a highlight -- a great mix of cherry, stawberry, orange peel, clove and baking spice, with notes of black tea and flowers. Really nice! On the palate, darker red/balck fruit -- think black cherry -- offset by a backbone of minerality/cut. Nice, spicy finish, with good acidity. This walks right up to the line of over-extraction but, at least at this point, does not cross it. (I imagine this was a really big wine in its youth). Super.
Worked great as a pop n pour. Christmas spice, mature dark berries some vanilla and sassafras. Seems like lots or barrel toast which might integrate more in the future. Great plush mouthfeel with Plenty of acidity for a very nice finish.
Opened and let it breathe in the glass for about an hour. Nice floral/dusty mineral nose, with red/black fruits, smoke, and earth on the palate. Fine tannins give it structure - this was in a really good place.
14.1% abv. Medium ruby red. Somewhat muted red fruit aromas. Bright and pure raspberry and cherry lead the palate impression. Nice acidic structure. Lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable over the next few years.
14.4% alcohol. Promising nose of dark berry and black cherry fruit along with hints of spice, citrus zest, and mint/pine. On the palate, medium-to-full bodied, rich, and concentrated with a dark fruit and spice profile. Well made and a nice wine done in what I would consider a riper, bigger style, but I much preferred a bottle of '07 RM Summa from a weeks ago that possessed superior verve, finesse, precision, and a higher toned/brighter orientation.
I opened this last night and took to dinner. I consumed it a bit cool, as I chilled it pretty good before I left. I prefer to drink CA pinot cool and allow it to warm so I can see how it unfolds. I had it pretty cool last night so it was a bit leaner in tone. Tonight, another glass and this reminds me some of the 2007 Clos Pepe Estate VS bottling I had few nights back: it has that brawn and bigger shoulders. Similar to that wine in there are some plum flavors here, but that wine is a bit more delicate in comparison to this one, given that the RM here has a heavier weight to the texture, loaded with black cherry and raspberry. Where this one diverges off from the Clos Pepe is this RM shows some of the trademark RM orange rind and cranberry flavors too, things I think of when I taste a TRB wine. Hint of alcohol on the aromatic too, similar again to the Clos Pepe. There is some acid on the back end here to help lift up some of the finish but the fruit and its bold flavors dominate that structural aspect. And in fact, I'll offer that this wine is probably best consumed now, as to age it, that to me won't refine it. I'd simply catch it now, while the acid and some of the red fruits are in play.
PnP. Again with cherry/red berry fruit and some Asian spice on the nose. Palate has medium weight fruit that is smooth/silky textured and gives a 'flat' interest-losing sensation at midpalate. Flavors are pleasant, a bit rich, but for me do reach confected. Lacks tension, finesse and seems low on acidity. Did not sense the mineral I noted in May. Night 2: definitely the 'flat' midpalate was replaced with a pleasing fullness allowing the very pretty PN fruit to be better appreciated. Based on this I would decant a couple hours or hold (90-91ish on 2nd night).
PnP, two nights (minimal change). Violet red. Primary fruit-driven with some spice. Red fruits are gorgeous, somewhat rich without having overripe or confected flavors. Has good penetrattion with smooth, viscous fruit. As usual with R-M there is sufficient mineral/acidity/tannin for balance. Not complex or finessed. Built for more age, but not sure it will get 'better'
I'm not sure why I decided to open this wine since I thought it needed to 2013 or later when I last opened this late last year. Notes tonight were similar to what I wrote last year. Started very primary and lush, even seeming too ripe at first. After an hour, this took on more weight, showed more spice and the acids and tannins came through as better integrated. Even better after open two hours, so now I'm thinking to hold my remaining bottles to 2014 and later.
Purchased on release from the mailing list. Very dark red-blue color. Young and primary on the nose with lots of fruit - black raspberry, black cherry, orange peel. The latter is part of that zesty aspect I get from good young Pinot - almost jammy here with brambles and stems. Very young on the palate - lots of zesty acid, citrus zest, strawberry, cranberry. Still wound tight - needs about five years. Focused acidic finish with lots of zest. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15.5/20.
Opened this tonight after last night's interesting (but out of place) 2006 Summa Old Vines and an "ok" bottle of 2007 Sonoma Coast from a few weeks back. Red and black cherry aromas with excellent supporting spice. Same flavor profile on palate with lots of acidity and energy providing lift on the long finish. Trace of heat on end. Kept getting better with more air and time in glass, so I plan on holding my bottles until 2013 or later.
This needed a little air to show its best so give it a half hour or so. Still pretty big, forward and darkly fruited but not overly fleshy or heavy. The acidity is adequate but doesn't really drive the palate they way you might want. There is some nice Sonoma Coast pine like character to keep it interesting and the fruit is certainly clean. Good in a bigger mold and keeps my hands off the Summas for now.
Survery Of New World Wines (Bistro 7 (7 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia)): Very enjoyable to drink. Fresh and vibrant. Bright tart red fruit on the nose with a hint of spice. Although this lacked a bit of concentration on the palate, there was good fruit -- blue and red berries. Very nice crisp acidity. This is a great example of a well balanced and proportioned North American Pinot Noir. Nothing overdone here.
Brought to a restaurant then popped and poured. Dark ruby color. Nose of damson plum, anise, mulberry, violets. Concentrated and grapey on the palate with layers of black raspberry and dark plum propelled by a fair amount of acidity and structured tannins. Finish long and marked by mineral and bing cherry notes. Manages to be quite delicious even though it is quite primary and unresolved right now. Can only get better.
Opened not decanted. Geez what a great bottle. Currently sitting outside and the fruit flies are being drawn to the glass. Tart raspberry with some sourness; tastes of sweet concord and apricot on the finish with some heat. Needs to be served on the cool side. Good to Very Good.
Opened 30 min before drinking. Translucent, yet slightly haze brilliant garnet with a wonderful aroma of cherry, spice, and sassafrass; this wine is mindblowingly-good, clean, and complex... everyone at the table commented along the lines of "there's a lot going on here!" At the same time, the finish was clean and crisp and it balanced the food instead of overwhelming it. WOTN. Ready now for we young wine lovers but I am sure there is more time to go.
orange peel, raspberry, spice on the nose. tart raspberry/cranberry fruit on the palate. smooth but with a firm acid spine. bit of minerals on the finish. much more balanced than the '08 summa I had recently, but a "bigger" pinot than I like.
this was my third bottle of 2007 RMs (sonoma, willow, and occidental) and my feeling is that they all need time or, at a minimum,long decants. this was tight initially with muted fruit and a salty character. opened up over the evening with hearty, ripe red fruit, citrus, and charcoal. i will rest the rest of my 2007s.
Just a terrific pinot that I decanted for about an hour. Very nice acidity that paired well with food. My guess is that this wine will improve for at least another year or two but it's drinking so well now why wait. I love RM wines and this one is no exception.
Juicy, mouthwatering acidity counters dense red fruit. Powerful nose that is fruit focused, rather than floral. Opens up to reveal a bit of soil and tomato leaf, but the crushed cranberry dominates from begining to end. Finishes long with perceptible sweetness, but again, the acidity really clenses the back end. TRBs RM Pinots always leave an almost rustic, brambly impression. Unique style. Good.
This tasted really nice and was the first 2007 RM I have opened from my cellar. Starts off with some mineral and tannin, along with crushed fruit and a beautiful core. We drank the wine down to about a 1/3rd of the bottle and I corked it up for tomorrow, which I will revisit and finish the TN on later.....resuming the pleasure of drinking this wine tonight a day later, what a real pleasure. What this wine seems to do well is mix the opulent with enough mineral to join together for a classy glass of pinot. Dark raspberry, cherry fruit notes with a mineral underpinning and a tease of oak to round it out. The finish is what seals the deal, where the red fruit and mineral/leathery tannin comes together. What a stud bottle of wine to drink and I just cannot concur with some of the average reviews of this wine, as this wine seems to offer a bit of what I think everyone in the small production pinot camp would want: fruit, structure and potential to age a few more years. Bitchen work, TRB.
This was fantastic. Great nose of red fruit with some great cherry and rhubarb. Palate was soft, supple with moderate tannin and great notes of cherry, cola and a tad bit of earth. Moderate to long finish. Great. Drinking well now and can wait a few years.
Great nose of tropical fruits. On the palate red fruits and juicy acidity that comes across as really pure and delicious. Overall great balance and not extremely complex, but very enjoyable to drink- didn't last long.
As young as this wine is, it was a shocker, and a pure joy to drink, so thanks to Alan for bringing this to Bersekerfest 2.5 at Peking Duck House in Manhattan. Nice dark ruby color in the glass, with some nice purple hues to it. On the nose, all kinds of red and dark fruits, ranging from cherry, to raspberry, to blackberry, to cranberries. Slight hints of vanilla, caramel, and oak rounded out the nose, with no signs of alcohol whatsoever, which was surprising given the youth of this wine. On the palate, a lot of the same fruits, and this is definitely a fruit forward wine. Nothing classic or Burgundian about this wine whatsoever, and I am not complaining in the least. There was a bit of oak still on the palate, but I think that will integrate nicely over time. The finish was very pleasant, and the alcohol seemed nicely integrated. I’ll hold our bottles for another 2 years before visiting, but this was a nice wine, and stood up nicely to the ’05 and ’06 Sea Smoke Southing’s that we had at the table. My pinot noir of the night. 92 points! Cheers!
No notes taken, but this didn't bowl me over. It's a fruit-forward wine (but not overripe), with a touch of heat on the palate, and some bitterness. My impression of R-M thus far (but based on only two bottles -- this one and the 2007 Sonoma Coast) is that the style seems more fruit driven than, for example, Rhys and Anthill (my two benchmarks for California pinot noir).
Orange peel zest that never really opened up on night one. Slightly better on night two but a bit perplexed as to how this will develop with age. Will try to resist opening another bottle for at least 6+ months...
Fairly dark color for a pinot - dark ruby to purple. On the nose, medium dark fruits, oak, a bit of herbalness. Initially on the palate this shows a fair amount of creamy vanillin oak, which comes more into balance after some air time. The midpalate shows nice juicy cherry, pomegranate and cranberry flavors - the acidity here extends the finish and leaves you wanting more. This definitely has some characteristics in common with the Rhys Alesia Sonoma Coast 07 that I had recently, but this one lacks the stemminess of that bottling, and this one is more enjoyable overall (although it may be unfair to compare this single vineyard wine to Rhys' appellation blend). Tasted over four days, this was good to the last drop - not overripe, this was a nice expression of pinot that I regard as uniquely Californian (not trying to be Burgundy, but not stewed and syrupy like many over-the-top CA pinots). The oak is still a shade more present than I'd like it to be on day 4, obscuring the clarity of the fruit right now, but this is still early for this wine, I will hold my remaining bottle for 2 years if I can. Very well done and enjoyable though; this was opened this early to help me decide whether to order some R-M pinots on the next release, and my answer is a resounding yes. Together with the impressive showing of its cabs lately, Rivers-Marie may be quickly becoming my favorite overall in California. 91+, may gain a few points as the oak moderates.
A head cold is numbing my enjoyment, but from what I can discern, this is a nice, earth driven Pinot. Ripe and rich, without the cloying sappiness. Round and complete through the mid palate and finish. Could use a bit more verve, but works given the dark fruit profile. A bit funky and dirty, adding some depth and complexity to the fruit. On the precocious side, so this isn't one for long term cellaring. Good stuff.
Shared a bottle with three others at dinner. No feedback favorable or otherwise. This wine came hightly touted so my expectations may have been a little high coning out of the gate. I think it will get better over time but tasted a somewhat herbal from first glass to last. Improved some over the next half hour or so. I'm inclined not to drink this for at least another year or two. I didn't think the fruit showed well on this one. Hopefully, time will be kind to this PN.
Nose of Christmas spiced cranberries. Juicy palate that gains length in the glass. More cranberry with a very dry finish. Lot's of fruit but not fleshy. A bit more put together and complex than previous Occidentals and will probably gain some over the short term.