Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

9.224 ratings
9.35 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Al Shikoh

Nearly opaque reddish purple hue. Raspberry, black cherry, leather, violets, and baking spices evident on the nose. On the palate its bold with a darker fruit profile offering impressive depth and concentration yet with nice balance and 14.1% alcohol. Long, somewhat spicy finish. Really nice value in California Pinot at $36.

Nearly opaque reddish purple hue. Raspberry, black cherry, leather, violets, and baking spices evident on the nose. On the palate its bold with a darker fruit profile offering impressive depth and concentration yet with nice balance and 14.1% alcohol. Long, somewhat spicy finish. Really nice value in California Pinot at $36.

Oct 28th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Always a winner. The 15 is even bigger than previous vintages and at this early stage it drinks best on day 2.

Always a winner. The 15 is even bigger than previous vintages and at this early stage it drinks best on day 2.

Oct 16th, 2017
Patrick Derdeyn

First of the '15s. Give this about an hour to decant before it really expresses itself. Tons of black cherry and raspberry, a little cedar and less orange peel than usual from this bottling. Fruit forward but lip smacking.

First of the '15s. Give this about an hour to decant before it really expresses itself. Tons of black cherry and raspberry, a little cedar and less orange peel than usual from this bottling. Fruit forward but lip smacking.

Jun 12th, 2017
Isaac Pirolo

nom nom nom

nom nom nom

Jun 10th, 2017
Isaac Pirolo

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry, or do both. The 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast makes a case for being the greatest value in all of wine, ever. If you'd asked me yesterday what the best value ever was I'm sure I would have said "let's start with the 2014 Rivers-Marie..." I guess it would be easy to explain if the 2015 tasted just like the 2014, but I am left dazed and confused... the 2015 is completely different than the 2014. The smoking hot orange peel note of the 2014 has been replaced in the 2015 with a mixture of beef bourguignon and some sort of euphoric strawberry pixie dust perfume. It weakens your knees and slows down time. The flavors are narcotic. It's not Burgundy, it's not North Coast Pinot, it's Rivers-Marie. Thomas Rivers Brown is the Elon Musk of wine.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry, or do both. The 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast makes a case for being the greatest value in all of wine, ever. If you'd asked me yesterday what the best value ever was I'm sure I would have said "let's start with the 2014 Rivers-Marie..." I guess it would be easy to explain if the 2015 tasted just like the 2014, but I am left dazed and confused... the 2015 is completely different than the 2014. The smoking hot orange peel note of the 2014 has been replaced in the 2015 with a mixture of beef bourguignon and some sort of euphoric strawberry pixie dust perfume. It weakens your knees and slows down time. The flavors are narcotic. It's not Burgundy, it's not North Coast Pinot, it's Rivers-Marie. Thomas Rivers Brown is the Elon Musk of wine.

Jun 1st, 2017
Graham

Good but not great. From Coravin - going to give it some time.

Good but not great. From Coravin - going to give it some time.

Aug 10th, 2020
Charles Garrison

Big and dark without being heavy or overbearing...drinking really well tonight.

Big and dark without being heavy or overbearing...drinking really well tonight.

Sep 25th, 2019
Eric LaMasters

Very tasty. Cranberry, orange zest, sandalwood, and pomegranate. An excellent value.

Very tasty. Cranberry, orange zest, sandalwood, and pomegranate. An excellent value.

Nov 22nd, 2018
TheSkip

Post coravin. Some notes of coffee and acetone in the nose. Otherwise, similar notes to before for this vintage.

Post coravin. Some notes of coffee and acetone in the nose. Otherwise, similar notes to before for this vintage.

Jul 3rd, 2018
Brandon Thurber

Great QPR, as always. Bolder-style Pinot.

Great QPR, as always. Bolder-style Pinot.

Jul 2nd, 2018