2010 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard
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2010 Rivers-Marie Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - 185 cases, 14.1% alc., 60% new oak
We've consumed 6 bottles of the 2005 Occidental Ridge in the last few months. We knew this wine was good but its current condition also shows just how slowly this site ages. Because it tends to be a bit more black/purple fruited young, the perception is it's meant to be drunk young. Only time really reveals a wine's aging curve and this vineyard's offerings are all heading in the right direction. Most years this possesses the lowest pH and highest fruit tannin of all the wines we release and 2010 is no exception. With our sixth vintage of this wine we are starting to see a nice consistency in its profile: pine needles, pennyroyal mint, sage, clove, cinnamon and plums. Given its strict barrel selection, this wine continues to get more serious every year and has begun to divide our mailing list at times into a Summa vs. Occidental Ridge debate.