Rivers-Marie

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.318 ratings
9.03 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
Matt Lasater

Palate is supple, richly textured and full of suave tannins that have a youthful edge to them. Deeply fruited, very accessible at the moment, some VA kills the aromatic character for me, hiding some nuances that are just perceptible.

Palate is supple, richly textured and full of suave tannins that have a youthful edge to them. Deeply fruited, very accessible at the moment, some VA kills the aromatic character for me, hiding some nuances that are just perceptible.

Jan 22nd, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Dark purplish ruby red. Rich nose coated with tobacco, purple flowers, black currants, cocoa and anise. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Rich and layered with cinnamon, vanilla, blackberries, herbs and cassis. Long finish. Drink till 2028.

One of our favorite under $80 bottles.

Dark purplish ruby red. Rich nose coated with tobacco, purple flowers, black currants, cocoa and anise. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Rich and layered with cinnamon, vanilla, blackberries, herbs and cassis. Long finish. Drink till 2028.

One of our favorite under $80 bottles.

Dec 1st, 2018
Eric LaMasters

This is extremely good. Lovely fruit and a plush velvet texture. Sadly my last bottle of the 16.

This is extremely good. Lovely fruit and a plush velvet texture. Sadly my last bottle of the 16.

Aug 27th, 2019
TheSkip

This 2016 is coming into its own. Much more open then when I had it last time.

This 2016 is coming into its own. Much more open then when I had it last time.

Jun 16th, 2019
Jason and Jennie

You know, when I coravin’d this last night, I thought the tannins were pretty strong and dominant. Today, I opened this up and coravin’d 2016 napa cabs from hunnicutt and quivet for a blind flight. Surprisingly, I thought this was very accessible and tasting the best currently. The quivet was the softest and also drinking nice. It tasted like a mike smith wine but less fruit forward than the majority of his wines. The hunnicutt was pretty powerful and I think needs some time or decanting. It will be really good.

You know, when I coravin’d this last night, I thought the tannins were pretty strong and dominant. Today, I opened this up and coravin’d 2016 napa cabs from hunnicutt and quivet for a blind flight. Surprisingly, I thought this was very accessible and tasting the best currently. The quivet was the softest and also drinking nice. It tasted like a mike smith wine but less fruit forward than the majority of his wines. The hunnicutt was pretty powerful and I think needs some time or decanting. It will be really good.

Mar 31st, 2019
Trent Fletcher

My go-to Cab

My go-to Cab

Mar 15th, 2019
Josh Weinstein

Hello oak

Hello oak

Mar 14th, 2019
Brandon Thurber

Remains one of the better value cabs out there in the $60 area. Was pleasantly surprised with how quickly this opened up. Feel like these are in a better spot than the 15’s at present.

Remains one of the better value cabs out there in the $60 area. Was pleasantly surprised with how quickly this opened up. Feel like these are in a better spot than the 15’s at present.

Mar 10th, 2019
Eric LaMasters

Nice. Good fruit, balanced, plush texture. Nice everyday Cabernet.

Nice. Good fruit, balanced, plush texture. Nice everyday Cabernet.

Feb 25th, 2019
TheSkip

Continuing down the path of exploring the 2016 arrivals. This has excellent concentration and mouth feel. The tannins are just a touch coarse.

My verdict after this little tour is to go with the 15s while these 16s sit.

Continuing down the path of exploring the 2016 arrivals. This has excellent concentration and mouth feel. The tannins are just a touch coarse.

My verdict after this little tour is to go with the 15s while these 16s sit.

Dec 22nd, 2018