Rivers-Marie

Summa Old Vines Pinot Noir

9.36 ratings
9.41 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
Shay A
9.4

Consistently my favorite RM Pinot, this was the last of my 2016s…no restraint! No surprise, it showed the most layers but also the most in reserve for evolving down the road. For those who still have, I’d hold another 2-3yrs, or decant 2+hrs.

This was opened later in the evening alongside other wines, but at least was given a decant for about an hour before it was mostly consumed. Out of the 2016 single vineyard Pinots I’ve consumed, the easy answer is it’s mostly similar to the Summa, but just because that’s the easy answer doesn’t mean it’s the wrong one. The similarities with the black tea, pomegranate, mint, and muddled underripe raspberries are obvious but where it diverges from the Summa is with the blood orange…the citrus layers here are absolutely fantastic. A great combo of fruit and savory notes (doesn’t seem to have much whole cluster), with nervy acidity and a lengthy finish. This is just beginning to unfurl.

Consistently my favorite RM Pinot, this was the last of my 2016s…no restraint! No surprise, it showed the most layers but also the most in reserve for evolving down the road. For those who still have, I’d hold another 2-3yrs, or decant 2+hrs.

This was opened later in the evening alongside other wines, but at least was given a decant for about an hour before it was mostly consumed. Out of the 2016 single vineyard Pinots I’ve consumed, the easy answer is it’s mostly similar to the Summa, but just because that’s the easy answer doesn’t mean it’s the wrong one. The similarities with the black tea, pomegranate, mint, and muddled underripe raspberries are obvious but where it diverges from the Summa is with the blood orange…the citrus layers here are absolutely fantastic. A great combo of fruit and savory notes (doesn’t seem to have much whole cluster), with nervy acidity and a lengthy finish. This is just beginning to unfurl.

Aug 10th, 2022
Brandon T

Easily the most complex and refined of the RM pinot’s I’ve had. After a 2 hour decant any rough edges were smoothed out. Assorted red fruit slurry. My preference, skip the ‘regular’ Summa and pay up for the Old Vines. - you won’t regret it

Easily the most complex and refined of the RM pinot’s I’ve had. After a 2 hour decant any rough edges were smoothed out. Assorted red fruit slurry. My preference, skip the ‘regular’ Summa and pay up for the Old Vines. - you won’t regret it

Aug 3rd, 2020
Anna Sangiacomo

Wow !!!

Wow !!!

Aug 28th, 2019
Anna Sangiacomo

Full of Christmas spice, forest floor, clove, sandalwood and citrus peel. Very enjoyable !

Full of Christmas spice, forest floor, clove, sandalwood and citrus peel. Very enjoyable !

Mar 25th, 2019
Brett Bullington

Brett had this a year ago

Brett had this a year ago

Dec 26th, 2021
Brett Bullington

Brett had this 2 years ago

Brett had this 2 years ago

Jul 22nd, 2021
Brett Bullington

Brett had this 2 years ago

Brett had this 2 years ago

May 3rd, 2021