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2012 Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir
750 ml bottle of 2012 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard from the Sonoma Coast of California red wine


 
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2012 Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir | Sonoma Coast, California 750ml


We feel like we got everything right with the farming of this block in 2012. It's become a high vigor block due to some excessive fertilization throughout the years so for the first time ever, we experimented with additional fruiting canes at pruning to control vigor. At least for this vintage, it worked well. The vines appeared more balanced throughout the growing season and we were able to dry farm this block for the first time ever... The aromatics here are deeply pitched with notes of rhubarb, orange zest and sous bois. There's good palate weight here but plenty of acidity to provide cut, prolong the finish and focus the overall wine. The red berry focus provides even more perceived tension and the wine actually tightens with a little aeration...450 cases produced. | Rivers-Marie

The 2012 Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard is drop-dead gorgeous. Cranberry, red cherry, wild flowers, mint and cinnamon meld toegether beautifully. I find a little more depth and focus in the Summa next to the Summa Old Vines, which is a bit more wandering, especially in its aromatics. Layers of bright red fruit build to the crystalline, inviting finish. The 2012 is round and supple in style, yet also layered with vibrancy. | Stephen Tanzer, 94 points

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