Rivers-Marie

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2305 ratings
9.140 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Patrick Derdeyn

These are entering their drinking window, still huge on the fruit and tannins softening ever so slightly. The ‘14s to me are still a little more accessible at this stage.

These are entering their drinking window, still huge on the fruit and tannins softening ever so slightly. The ‘14s to me are still a little more accessible at this stage.

Apr 28th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Stunning entry level Cabernet from TRB. Highly recommend. Similar notes to our last tasting. (92+)

Stunning entry level Cabernet from TRB. Highly recommend. Similar notes to our last tasting. (92+)

Mar 17th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Not as open as some other Napa 2014s. Showing the classic RM cab profile, and drinkable now but really needs a 3 hour decant to soften up.

Not as open as some other Napa 2014s. Showing the classic RM cab profile, and drinkable now but really needs a 3 hour decant to soften up.

Feb 24th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Dark ruby red with fine sediment. Very well integrated on the nose and palate. Layered nose with notes of dark plums, sweet spices, earthiness and some light herbs. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and medium plus body. Plush palate with dark stewed fruits, especially plums, damp earth, dark spices, black fruits and a little gritty. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Dark ruby red with fine sediment. Very well integrated on the nose and palate. Layered nose with notes of dark plums, sweet spices, earthiness and some light herbs. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and medium plus body. Plush palate with dark stewed fruits, especially plums, damp earth, dark spices, black fruits and a little gritty. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Feb 2nd, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Still firm in it’s tannic structure, but everything is starting to integrate. Dark fruited with still a hint of vanilla and finishing with moderate tannic grip. Should hit peak in a couple more years.

Still firm in it’s tannic structure, but everything is starting to integrate. Dark fruited with still a hint of vanilla and finishing with moderate tannic grip. Should hit peak in a couple more years.

Jan 14th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

These are settling down. Tight and tannic a couple years ago, but have now started to soften. A 2hr decant and this was classic Rivers Marie cab and drinking more like the rounder ‘12s.

These are settling down. Tight and tannic a couple years ago, but have now started to soften. A 2hr decant and this was classic Rivers Marie cab and drinking more like the rounder ‘12s.

Nov 12th, 2017
Henrik Poulsen

14.5% alc.

14.5% alc.

Jul 30th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Perfect way to start off the Thanksgiving Weekend. First of four blind wines this evening. Deep purplish red. Powerful nose with layers of cedar, blueberries, black currants and spices. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Complex palate with sweet spices, dark berries, dark cocoa and a touch earthiness. Long and lingering finish with a touch of dryness. Drink from 2018 to 2028. (92+)

Perfect way to start off the Thanksgiving Weekend. First of four blind wines this evening. Deep purplish red. Powerful nose with layers of cedar, blueberries, black currants and spices. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Complex palate with sweet spices, dark berries, dark cocoa and a touch earthiness. Long and lingering finish with a touch of dryness. Drink from 2018 to 2028. (92+)

1 person found it helpfulNov 23rd, 2017
TheSkip

Wow. Simply outstanding.

There are a variety of things that make me believe in the comment above. Foremost are the tannins. Which, to some, may seem like an odd place to start. But, for me, I have been on a run of poorly integrated, overbearing tannins that make me think the wine will be drinkable when I'm nearing an age closer to death. This cuvée has a lovely fine grained tannin that allows the wine to sing. It is beautifully complementary and a testament that excellent wine can be made and enjoyed early in its life.

The oak treatment is a close second. Aged in 50% new oak, this balances and rounds everything out wonderfully.

Third,
#QPR. amazing value at $65.

A winner!

Wow. Simply outstanding.

There are a variety of things that make me believe in the comment above. Foremost are the tannins. Which, to some, may seem like an odd place to start. But, for me, I have been on a run of poorly integrated, overbearing tannins that make me think the wine will be drinkable when I'm nearing an age closer to death. This cuvée has a lovely fine grained tannin that allows the wine to sing. It is beautifully complementary and a testament that excellent wine can be made and enjoyed early in its life.

The oak treatment is a close second. Aged in 50% new oak, this balances and rounds everything out wonderfully.

Third,
#QPR. amazing value at $65.

A winner!

1 person found it helpfulMar 4th, 2017
Grant Everett

Yum. Rating may be conservative - this was lovely

Yum. Rating may be conservative - this was lovely

1 person found it helpfulNov 21st, 2016