2010 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Corona Vineyard
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From the release letter:
2010 Rivers-Marie "Corona Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville -- 125 cases produced, 14.5% alcohol, 80% new French oak
Everything about this wine is a touch better than its 2009 edition. All the wildness of that wine is reigned in and focused a bit more in 2010. There's better oak integration, riper tannin (still abundant though) and a nice mineral driven site character that makes the wine obviously Oakville. We always talk about the AVA's great mix of fruit and power and it's on full display here. The nose is brooding and very black fruited but the acidity adds some higher toned notes of citrus peel and violets. After some time in the decanter, the palate becomes very plush and is driven more by texture than pure fruit or weight. The vineyard is planted next to an old pea gravel quarry and you can sense this location in the wine. There's a nice crushed rock element that comes on near the finish that gives the wine a bit more intellectual interest and length. This again though is the bottling for the cellar so let it rest or give it several hours in a decanter.