2003 Corté Riva Merlot


  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2005 - 2011 (Edit)
CT90.7 61 reviews
Label borrowed from 2002
Label borrowed from 2008
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Community Tasting Notes 51

  • iamandyc wrote: 90 points

    April 24, 2017 - Still going strong and was drinking best on second day. Typical merlot blue fruit with red highlights. Lots of structure beneath fairly strong fruit. Secondary characteristics were missing. Long finish.

  • UMhemePA wrote: 90 points

    October 29, 2012 - brillant color, deep ruby, slightly acidic, could continue to age and mellow. Strawberry and raspberries throughtout this wine. EXTREMELY fruit forward, but with enough oak to balance this and make it great for years to come.

  • amgryger wrote:

    August 6, 2010 - Dinner With Denyce (Fabio's NYC): Dark nose of cassis, coffe, and oak. Medium intensity ripe black fruit on the palate with a good bit of oak and coffee on the finish. Medium high tannin and medium acidity. Medium long finish.

  • Buca_Fan Likes this wine: 89 points

    May 20, 2010 - I wasn't as high on this wine as Parker is... until the 2nd day after opening. Starting VERY tight and gritty, this beauty really opened up and showed berries and chocolate and a surprising smoothness on day 2 and with a bit of help from a run through the Vinturi. While there are better values in this varietal and vintage, you could also do a lot worse.

  • caboychuck wrote:

    April 7, 2010 - Nice as ever. Black plum, cassis and espresso. My last bottle, fruit has subsided, but this is darn good. Dry black plum fruit, crisp acidity.

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    A Very Special Wine Episode., Episode #96, 9/22/2006 (link) 96 points

    (CORTE RIVA MERLOT) COLOR-immense deep black Shiraz-like color; NOSE-candied, starburst/skittles, oak, lot of fruit; TASTE-this wine is LOADED w/: blackerry jam, strawberry sorbet in mid-palate, tons of lingering boysenberry and fruit flavors; 80 lbs. OF FLAVOR in a 3 lb BAG; "CONVINCED that this is THE PREMIER Merlot from California", "kicks SERIOUS ASS", "WAY BETTER than some Cali $200 cult wines"; UNBELIEVABLE, silk throughout; RP-92, GV-96

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Corté Riva
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 179 (38%)
  • Consumed 290 (62%)

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Linguini with homemade Bolognese cream sauce & pork sausage

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