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2016 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
750ml bottle of 2016 Rivers Marie Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast of California


 
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2016 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay | Sonoma Coast California 750ml


Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown brings complexity and nuance together in his Sonoma Coast Chardonnay of Wente clone sourced from both Lucky Well and Riddle Ranch vineyards with the addition of Platt Vineyard for 2016. Richness, concentration, and levity collide for a classic take on this grape. | Falling Bright

The big difference between this vintage and previous offerings is the distinctive character of the Platt Vineyard. It adds a mucat-y exotic quality that probably has as much to do with the vintage as it does the site. All three vineyards in the blend are Wente clone but they couldn't be more different. The Riddle Vineyard fruit adds a stony minerality to the more tropical tinged Lucky Well and the slightly foxy, tea scented Platt. A tough combination to knit together but here it works. The wine is heavily stone fruited on the palate with a tiny bit of reduction on the end adding gunpowder and white chocolate. As it sits open, it actually tightens up a bit, a good sign for future development. 350 cases produced. | Rivers-Marie

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