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2015 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
750ml bottle of 2015 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast of California


 
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2015 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay | Sonoma Coast California 750ml


This is something new for us, a partial malo Chardonnay. Given the inherent richness of the vintage in warmer sites, we decided to block secondary fermentation in a few barrels of Lucky Well and Riddle Vineyard Chardonnays and we really liked the result. The wine has none of the apple-y character associated with full malo blocked whites but instead treads some kind of middle ground between flintiness and reserved tropical and citrus fruit notes. There are little pieces of Joy Road and Thieriot in here too that definitely help with complexity. A small, waxy, lanolin note creeps up in the end framed by lemon peel and a little fruit sweetness contributed by the vintage. This version is dense, more 2013 than 2014, with a completeness that hints at how successful all of our Chardonnay sites were in 2015. 300 cases produced. | Rivers-Marie

Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown brings complexity and nuance together in his Sonoma Coast Chardonnay of Wente clone sourced from both Lucky Well and Riddle vineyards. Richness, concentration, and levity collide for a classic take on this grape. | Falling Bright

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