Rivers-Marie Summa Old Vines Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
Rivers-Marie Summa Old Vines Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label

Rivers-Marie Summa Old Vines Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

  • BH92
750ML / 12.4% ABV
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750ML / 12.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

After getting both kids to sleep, Genevieve (Genevieve Marie Walsh) came down stairs and picked up the glass of wine that I've (Thomas Rivers Brown) poured her, took a quick smell and said "this is Summa Old Vines." That in a nutshell is what they try to achieve with this site. They have always been drawn to its distinctiveness and don't ever to want to do anything to get in its way. Checking their notes from last year, the 2010 edition comes across very similarly: expansive nose, red fruits, orange peel, sweet hay, pine needles, black tea and red/white floral elements. Young, it's always a wine more about potential and breadth than depth. Picked October 20th just shy of 1 ton per acre, it possesses remarkable weight for a wine that struggled to hit 13% alcohol.

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Not surprisingly the nose is similar to that of the straight Summa cuvée though in this case it's a bit riper and more complex. There is excellent richness to the lush, even opulent flavors that possess the same outstanding depth as displayed by the nose. I very much admire the concentration as the mid-palate brims with dry extract that imparts a velvety texture to the impressively persistent finish. This clearly needs time to develop its full potential but it should be well worth the wait.
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Single variety wines made to reflect the vineyard & vintage from which they came. Owned by Thomas Rivers Brown & Genevieve Marie Welsh.
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The Sonoma Coast AVA is large in area but, not counting overlapping regions like Russian River Valley, only has a few thousand acres of grapevines—and it’s no wonder. Much of the region is rugged and not easily accessible. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean’s fog and cool breezes limits the varieties that can be cultivated, but it proves to be an ideal environment for high quality Pinot Noir.

Since fog is a frequent fact of life here, as are heavy marine layers that sometimes bring rain, the best vineyards are wisely planted above the fog line, on picturesque ridges that capture enough sun to provide even ripening. That, with the overnight drop in temperature that reliably preserves acidity, results in fine expressions of Pinot Noir that often receive tremendous critic and consumer praise alike, and are often in high demand.

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