Red

2008 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma Coast
Drink between 2011 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 77

  • JRockEsq Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 25, 2020 - Method: opened the bottle about 2 hours prior to consuming; Burg glass; about 65 degrees

    Look: medium garnet; some skinny medium speed legs

    Nose: unagi (to my pleasant surprise), BBQ chip spices, wet forest floor, milk chocolate covered mushroom, black cherry, dark plum, cola; great nose; expressive

    Palate: cola, dark cherry, baking spice, dried herbs, mushroom, wet forest floor; medium+ finish of white pepper and light minerality; good flavor concentration; dry; medium+ body; medium big, round, ripe tannins with silky mouthfeel; medium+ acidity

    Overall: This wine is in a really great place for me where dark fruit really meets almost equally prominent savory and earthy notes on a concentrated palate. Really great nose that you just want to smell without even taking a sip. Amazing, silky and plump mouthfeel. I'm not sure if it will continue to improve but it's in a really great place right now. Love it!

  • Paul Lin wrote: 90 points

    June 3, 2020 - A pure core of black cherry over apple skin, black plum, and raspberry coulis. Balanced and refreshing.

  • Burgundy Al wrote:

    March 2, 2019 - Another Saturday at Chevalier...Mostly Blind New World Pinot Noir (Chevalier Fine Wines - Chicago IL): Double blind in New World Pinot Noir tasting. Really odd today. Ripe, nearly candied with a rich meatiness that wouldn't have made me think it was even Pinot Noir. Pronounced new oak, sweet spice. An off bottle? Tough to say, but I would consider this an 85 point wine today.

  • Redrunners Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 5, 2017 - This is a big, full bodied napa pinot

    Solid fruit with flavors of dark cherry, raspberry and lots of spice. The spice reminded me of the Outpost zins. Very full bodied for a pinot.

    Thanks RockinCabs for sharing

  • RockinCabs wrote: 92 points

    July 1, 2017 - Nose: Nice orange peel, black cherries, framboise and lots of spices. Palate: Black Cherry, Plum, Rhubarb, Anise, Clove and orange peel. Very complex with great palate feel at this point. Finish: Black raspberry and spices this completes with a payload of spice.

    Great wine that has been great over the years. Last of 4 from my cellar.

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  • By Allen Meadows
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Rivers-Marie
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Occidental Ridge Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 7 (1%)
  • In Cellars 299 (31%)
  • Consumed 656 (68%)

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