Rivers-Marie

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2312 ratings
9.146 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Al Shikoh

Inky purple with aromas of blackberry jam, plum, chocolate, violets, and menthol. Juicy dark fruit predominant on the palate with soft tannins, 14.5% alcohol, and a long, minty finish. Drinking a bit like a California Syrah or Aussie Shiraz at this point.

Inky purple with aromas of blackberry jam, plum, chocolate, violets, and menthol. Juicy dark fruit predominant on the palate with soft tannins, 14.5% alcohol, and a long, minty finish. Drinking a bit like a California Syrah or Aussie Shiraz at this point.

Aug 10th, 2018
Shay A
9.4

Monthly guys group wine meet-up. No theme tonight aside from “it better be good”.

Wanted to open this to prepare for next week’s release. Wow! Cherry pie and slate/mineral driven nose. Almost “crunchy”. Sweet blackberries and cotton candy. Great structure on the palate. Red, blue and black fruit spectrum. So incredibly easy to drink.

Monthly guys group wine meet-up. No theme tonight aside from “it better be good”.

Wanted to open this to prepare for next week’s release. Wow! Cherry pie and slate/mineral driven nose. Almost “crunchy”. Sweet blackberries and cotton candy. Great structure on the palate. Red, blue and black fruit spectrum. So incredibly easy to drink.

Jul 11th, 2018
Paco Suro

Reviews indicate the window starts in 2020. 100% agree. Big. Well structured. But a big boy. Open for several hours but just not mellowing. Hold. Don’t open. Revisit in 2020.

Reviews indicate the window starts in 2020. 100% agree. Big. Well structured. But a big boy. Open for several hours but just not mellowing. Hold. Don’t open. Revisit in 2020.

Jun 28th, 2018
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