Riverina, Big Rivers

Rivers-Marie

Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

For me, the smell of Sonoma Pinot. The big stuff. It has its time and place, and paired with pizza is certainly one. One note on the stage: It seems to have exchanged some of the ripe fruit for the candied or dried varieties. — 3 months ago

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B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

There’s a lot going on here. It’s interesting but lacks focus. Lemon curd, wet limestone, white pepper, and green apple stand out. Creamy mouthfeel. Big and boisterous, but for the style, given the lesser refinement, it’s like a discount rack Aubert. — 5 months ago

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De Bortoli

Noble One Botrytis Sémillon

Lots of raisins and cherries, aged beautifully, long finish, — 6 months ago

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Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Time really helped this one. Big bold and a little stemmy. Still young IMO — 4 months ago

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Good valuyffom this producer.
Eric

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Agreed

Lillypilly Estate

VP Riverina Fortified Shiraz 1995

JKT
9.1

Finally a taste of this weird port like wine made from Australian Shiraz! Graf’s favorite and I must say this is surprisingly tasty like a cross of an aged vintage port with a sassy Shiraz. Would not have guessed what it is. Terrific. Lots of sediment 18.5 ABV and another great AA value 13. Hope a few left from the initial 9! Beautiful with Stilton Colston Bassett Nottinghamshire UK from Formaggio via ML. — 5 months ago

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Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Fantastic wine that I just had to try early. Big, beautiful, with an amazing finish. I want more. Going to get better with time. — 6 months ago

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Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.2

After having the 2016 Silver Eagle last year, and the 2016 Summa last month (both of which were drinking fantastic) I wanted to take the Bearwallow for a spin.

I ended up having a small glass of this at pop to make sure it was sound, then poured about half out for some peoppe to try before corking and taking the remaining home to consume about an hour and a half later (so it got a decent amount of air).

This is my first experience with the Bearwallow offering, and it came across as somewhat ripe OR Pinot in profile. The fruit certainly isn’t big or in your face…much more restrained. Underripe black cherry and dark plums on the nose, but mostly in the background behind herbs, spice and dark floral notes. On the palate it is rich (as far as AV fruit goes) but there is a lot of earthy/mineral components, as well as black tea. The last glass was a touch more expressive, but with it being Anderson Valley, I'm not sure the fruit ever bulks up. I wonder if this wine is either meant to hold 7-10yrs, or is just meant for those who want a bridge to OR Pinot.
— 5 months ago

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Shay A

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@Deborah M : Hard to go wrong with anything from Rivers Marie!

@Paul T- Huntington Beach : Ha, I wish. Old Juan Gonzalez ball (Texas Rangers fan here).
Joshua Fisher

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Got the Bearwallow Chardonnay on the list currently
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A: I had this bottle last year thinking I was opening the SC. I think it needs a couple more years IMO.

Pete's Pure

Murray Darling Pinot Noir

2020 vintage. Light and easy-going with fresh black cherry, red plum, cherry blossom, cola, currant candy. — 8 months ago

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