Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

9.2179 ratings
9.244 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Patrick Derdeyn

Last bottle of the ‘16 and just as good as the other 3. The richness of the fruit has subsided just a bit in the last year and that has left everything in perfect balance. There is an upfront oak signature that is supported by perfectly ripe fruit and bracing acidity. An awesome chardonnay year after year.

Last bottle of the ‘16 and just as good as the other 3. The richness of the fruit has subsided just a bit in the last year and that has left everything in perfect balance. There is an upfront oak signature that is supported by perfectly ripe fruit and bracing acidity. An awesome chardonnay year after year.

Jan 13th, 2019
Patrick Derdeyn

Annnnnnmd they’re gone. That’s the problem when your house chard is such a limited production. This bottle took several hours to open compared to the others. Early on it was heavy on oak and acid, but eventually came around and was just as good as always. Let these air or give them a couple years.

Annnnnnmd they’re gone. That’s the problem when your house chard is such a limited production. This bottle took several hours to open compared to the others. Early on it was heavy on oak and acid, but eventually came around and was just as good as always. Let these air or give them a couple years.

Jun 24th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Drinks just like the bottle I had a few months ago, these always have great fruit profiles but the ‘16 seems to be even more generous and a touch more rich where the ‘15 was slightly leaner. Sometimes the vineyard blend varies slightly between vintages, but the final product is always fantastic.

Drinks just like the bottle I had a few months ago, these always have great fruit profiles but the ‘16 seems to be even more generous and a touch more rich where the ‘15 was slightly leaner. Sometimes the vineyard blend varies slightly between vintages, but the final product is always fantastic.

Jun 2nd, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

First of the ‘16 chards. It’s classic RM chard, leans a little more rich in style but everything is in check. Packed with gorgeous fruit but bathed in fresh acidity. A nice streak of oak, but never overdone. 😀 🍷

First of the ‘16 chards. It’s classic RM chard, leans a little more rich in style but everything is in check. Packed with gorgeous fruit but bathed in fresh acidity. A nice streak of oak, but never overdone. 😀 🍷

Mar 19th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

Savory and pungent... apricot lemon butter hay peach white flower pear licorice slate... chardonnay. TRB strikes again. So much balance and so much power, the yin and yang here is great. The chardonnay revolution will not be televised.

Savory and pungent... apricot lemon butter hay peach white flower pear licorice slate... chardonnay. TRB strikes again. So much balance and so much power, the yin and yang here is great. The chardonnay revolution will not be televised.

Dec 20th, 2017
Patrick Derdeyn

Last of the 2015 😞. Nothing new to say about it, just that it's awesome as always. Will Segui, if you're reading this please convince TRB to introduce a tiered allocation system!

Last of the 2015 😞. Nothing new to say about it, just that it's awesome as always. Will Segui, if you're reading this please convince TRB to introduce a tiered allocation system!

Oct 8th, 2017
Patrick Derdeyn

Higher acidity than previous vintages, fruit still plays a starring role as usual but the balance in '15 is impeccable. These will last for several years, I just never make it longer than a year without crushing all of them.

Higher acidity than previous vintages, fruit still plays a starring role as usual but the balance in '15 is impeccable. These will last for several years, I just never make it longer than a year without crushing all of them.

Aug 28th, 2017
Patrick Derdeyn

First of the '15. Even more structure than other recent vintages. The same beautiful fruit, but now with amped up acidity. These were always balanced, but this '15 takes it to another level. These will hold for several years.

First of the '15. Even more structure than other recent vintages. The same beautiful fruit, but now with amped up acidity. These were always balanced, but this '15 takes it to another level. These will hold for several years.

Jul 30th, 2017
Cured - Will And Coral Frischkorn

If only all Cali chard tasted like this.. And this is the baby!

If only all Cali chard tasted like this.. And this is the baby!

1 person found it helpfulAug 16th, 2015
Patrick Derdeyn

Last of the '14s while the '15s continue to rest. Always love the Sonoma Coast fruit and this chard is packed with it, but it feels like the bouquet will continue to expand with a little more time in bottle. It's still nervous with acidity and the oak influence, while not overdone, could still integrate a bit further. I wish I had another one to hold for improvement, but I'll have to let the single vineyard versions be the ones to rest while I move on to the next vintage.

Last of the '14s while the '15s continue to rest. Always love the Sonoma Coast fruit and this chard is packed with it, but it feels like the bouquet will continue to expand with a little more time in bottle. It's still nervous with acidity and the oak influence, while not overdone, could still integrate a bit further. I wish I had another one to hold for improvement, but I'll have to let the single vineyard versions be the ones to rest while I move on to the next vintage.

Apr 29th, 2017