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Rivers-Marie B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

$79.00

SKU 04155

750ml

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This is more green/gold than the pure gold complexion of the 2013. We always feel this is a good indicator of preserved potential in Chardonnay. This edition doesn't have the initial palate impact of the 2013 but the trade off here is more cut and delineation of both flavors and aromatics. Nothing here is muddled and the palate builds from the front to a swelling of citrus and mineral notes in the back. This wine also has that weight minus heaviness that we mentioned last year. It begs for an additional taste but those tastes don't tire the palate. The finish might be the most interesting element of the wine where the fruit moves into a stone fruit area framed by all the racy acidity of the vintage.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Brand Rivers-Marie
Alcohol/vol 14.2%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Chardonnay Thieriot Vineyard tastes like a Grand Cru Chablis with loads of crushed rock, oyster-shell notes, citrus oil, nectarine and a touch of honeysuckle. A cold-climate site, this tiny vineyard of 1.75 acres was planted with the Robert Young clone of Chardonnay in 1990. This full-bodied Chardonnay is an example of the complex Burgundian cool-climate Chardonnays that more and more producers are exploiting in Northern California. Drink it over the next 5-7 years, although it may last a lot longer.

Robert Parker, October 28, 2016