This was popped and poured to go with stilton burgers on the grill, and followed over several hours. Ready to go from the moment we pulled the cork, and full of all the hallmark RM traits one would expect. Rhubarb, orange peel and scents of pine meet you on the nose. There's much of the same on the palate, with hints of Christmas spices lurking in the background before a moderately lengthy finish punctuated by good acidity. This certainly isn't shy, but it is a fun drink. Glad to have held onto this one as it seems to be in a good zone now, and I can't say I see any real upside development coming (at least based on this bottle), so would advise putting these in the on-deck circle if you have some.
If anything, I feel that several of these vineyard designate Rivers Marie pinots taste worse than their basic sonoma coast. This bottle was quite acidic and alcoholic. There was some nice orange peel and tart cranberry.
Bright and fruity upon opening, showing notes of raspberries and cherries. With air, the wine turns earthy and more subdued, with notes of sous bois, autumn leaves, and wet soil. Starting to feel a little tired, this wine, and I wonder if the vintage has something to do with it. Maybe it's time to drink up.
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