Rivers-Marie

Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.4195 ratings
9.431 pro ratings
St. Helena, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.5

@Mark Flesher and I decided to do a 2014 Napa Cab battle from two of Napa’s top winemakers...TRB and Mike Smith.

At pop and pour, the aromatics here were absolutely wonderful. There was a sweet/ripe dark fruit core to this wine. Very youthful with some cedar and cocoa. Stylistically I view TRB as a red and black fruit Cab winemaker and I found the nose to be on the darker side. BUT. The raspberry, vanilla pipe tobacco, dark chocolate and dates on the palate showed TRB in every way. There was an elegance with power here. In a few years, this will undoubtedly be stellar. Great bottle
@Mark Flesher

@Mark Flesher and I decided to do a 2014 Napa Cab battle from two of Napa’s top winemakers...TRB and Mike Smith.

At pop and pour, the aromatics here were absolutely wonderful. There was a sweet/ripe dark fruit core to this wine. Very youthful with some cedar and cocoa. Stylistically I view TRB as a red and black fruit Cab winemaker and I found the nose to be on the darker side. BUT. The raspberry, vanilla pipe tobacco, dark chocolate and dates on the palate showed TRB in every way. There was an elegance with power here. In a few years, this will undoubtedly be stellar. Great bottle
@Mark Flesher

Jan 17th, 2019
Isaac Pirolo

The 2016 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard lasted 10 days before I finally gave in. My weakness was rooted more in curiosity than hedonism. Albeit much of that curiosity had to do with how hedonistic it was. After 30 minutes I was concerned that I might have killed a baby. After 45 mins it turned on a dime, and after another 30 minutes it came into focus and you realize all’s right with the world. There’s a seamless swath of minerality and savoriness that spans from wet gravel to dark chocolate cocoa powder while also revealing a bridge of cedar, cassis, underbrush, grilled meat, and espresso. Once again, this makes an excellent argument for being my favorite wine in the valley.

The 2016 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard lasted 10 days before I finally gave in. My weakness was rooted more in curiosity than hedonism. Albeit much of that curiosity had to do with how hedonistic it was. After 30 minutes I was concerned that I might have killed a baby. After 45 mins it turned on a dime, and after another 30 minutes it came into focus and you realize all’s right with the world. There’s a seamless swath of minerality and savoriness that spans from wet gravel to dark chocolate cocoa powder while also revealing a bridge of cedar, cassis, underbrush, grilled meat, and espresso. Once again, this makes an excellent argument for being my favorite wine in the valley.

Aug 28th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

When I last opened a bottle of Rivers-Marie’s 2014 Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which was a couple months back, I called it a “spectacular Saturday night wine” and “deserved of the spotlight and worthy of much anticipation.” I still believe that to be true, which makes opening it spontaneously on a Monday night all the better. And now that I think about it, that’s not a bad philosophy to live by: Life is better when you open Saturday night wine on Monday night.

When I last opened a bottle of Rivers-Marie’s 2014 Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which was a couple months back, I called it a “spectacular Saturday night wine” and “deserved of the spotlight and worthy of much anticipation.” I still believe that to be true, which makes opening it spontaneously on a Monday night all the better. And now that I think about it, that’s not a bad philosophy to live by: Life is better when you open Saturday night wine on Monday night.

Jul 10th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

It’s common to hear wine drinkers use the colloquialisms like “a good Tuesday night bottle” or “an excellent everyday drinker.” Well, this is a spectacular Saturday night wine; deserved of the spotlight and worthy of much anticipation.

Blue and black fruit compete for who’s more pure, while the savory creosote and cedar intertwine, and the acid and tannin do their dance. There’s timing and choreography... it’s wine in HD and Surround Sound. Extraordinary.

It’s common to hear wine drinkers use the colloquialisms like “a good Tuesday night bottle” or “an excellent everyday drinker.” Well, this is a spectacular Saturday night wine; deserved of the spotlight and worthy of much anticipation.

Blue and black fruit compete for who’s more pure, while the savory creosote and cedar intertwine, and the acid and tannin do their dance. There’s timing and choreography... it’s wine in HD and Surround Sound. Extraordinary.

May 13th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

Panek Vineyard is situated in St. Helena on the east side of Highway 29 just north of Turley Winery, adjacent to Aida Vineyard, and about 3 miles up Highway 29 from where I’m situated this evening... making it all the more special... The 2010 from Rivers-Marie is straight fire, sporting a plum red velvet smoking jacket, and a potent perfume of spicy Mexican cocoa powder. Stunning.

Panek Vineyard is situated in St. Helena on the east side of Highway 29 just north of Turley Winery, adjacent to Aida Vineyard, and about 3 miles up Highway 29 from where I’m situated this evening... making it all the more special... The 2010 from Rivers-Marie is straight fire, sporting a plum red velvet smoking jacket, and a potent perfume of spicy Mexican cocoa powder. Stunning.

Mar 6th, 2018
Robert McCall

Aromas of red/blue fruit, freshly lit cigar, , hints of violet and mint. Typical 2011 in weight but still luscious and well balanced, showing the marksmanship of TRB.

Aromas of red/blue fruit, freshly lit cigar, , hints of violet and mint. Typical 2011 in weight but still luscious and well balanced, showing the marksmanship of TRB.

Oct 29th, 2017
Brian Tuite

Uh huh!

Uh huh!

Jul 22nd, 2017
Bill Bender

Watching the Dark Knight Rises alone. This is my date. Very surprising, open for business on pop and pour. Velvet smooth, plenty of stuffing, no heat, very well made young wine. Props to TRB.

Watching the Dark Knight Rises alone. This is my date. Very surprising, open for business on pop and pour. Velvet smooth, plenty of stuffing, no heat, very well made young wine. Props to TRB.

3 people found it helpfulApr 12th, 2014
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.6

Holy shit this is good! Will only get better with time. Last of the four blind wines!....forgot to add my review...
Deep and dark purplish red. Layered and complex nose with notes of gunpowder, cedar, black fruits, a little blue and spices. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. A bit perfumey on the attack with tons of dark berries, dark gravel, oak and tons of structure. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2040.

Holy shit this is good! Will only get better with time. Last of the four blind wines!....forgot to add my review...
Deep and dark purplish red. Layered and complex nose with notes of gunpowder, cedar, black fruits, a little blue and spices. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. A bit perfumey on the attack with tons of dark berries, dark gravel, oak and tons of structure. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2040.

1 person found it helpfulNov 23rd, 2017
Charlie Beatty

Buyer wineworksonline.com

9.9

WOW Alert YUP! Tried last year in Sept of 2015. Decided with another 6 months of bottle age and Huge Fillets from Rastelli's Meat Market in Marlton. Great time to revisit. Still agree a 99 Rating merited on this Awesome Cab. Massive fruit along with soft tannin with a hour of air. Heavenly is a good word for this wine. Have 1 more of these. Will try again next year!!! Impressive! CB

WOW Alert YUP! Tried last year in Sept of 2015. Decided with another 6 months of bottle age and Huge Fillets from Rastelli's Meat Market in Marlton. Great time to revisit. Still agree a 99 Rating merited on this Awesome Cab. Massive fruit along with soft tannin with a hour of air. Heavenly is a good word for this wine. Have 1 more of these. Will try again next year!!! Impressive! CB

1 person found it helpfulMar 14th, 2016