2006 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard
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Newsletter notes: 2006 Rivers-Marie Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - 301 cases, 14.4% alcohol, 50% new French oak. A darker fruited and brooding example of Occidental Pinot Noir, the '06 ORV is a curious blend of power and restraint. The fruit profile is all black cherry and blackberries, indicating a warmer site than the other bottlings, but this wine possesses the highest natural acidity of all the wines in 2006. A lot of people will no doubt confuse this acidity with heat but rest assured this wine will just take time to absorb its 3.5 finished pH. The 2005 has followed a similar path. The acidity marks the wine from nose to middle to finish and I would recommend sitting on this one for a while. If you have a tolerance for backbone, this wine is enjoyable now balanced by a good bit of underlying sappiness.