Save The Date: 2018 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay

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Save The Date: 2018 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay

#1 Post by Anthony Z » February 11th, 2020, 10:50 am

Email just came out:

The 2020 Rivers-Marie Spring Chardonnay Offer will go live on Tuesday, February 18th at 9:00 AM PST. As in the past, this release is via email only. At the time the release opens, you will receive an email with a link to the offer and your log-in credentials.


The offer:

2018 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay -- $30/btl

2018 Rivers-Marie Bearwallow Vineyard Chardonnay -- $50/btl

2018 Rivers-Marie Joy Road Vineyard Chardonnay -- $50/btl

2018 Rivers-Marie Purrington Rued Vineyard Chardonnay -- $60/btl

2018 Rivers-Marie Platt Vineyard Chardonnay -- $60/btl

2018 Rivers-Marie B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay-- $60/btl


I bought Pinot and Cab last year, any standouts here?
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#2 Post by Chris Seiber » February 11th, 2020, 10:55 am

I've had the B. Theriot and the Bearwallow (the 2016 vintage) and they were both superb. I'm going to swallow hard (after all the binge of early 2020 buying) and get some more.

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#3 Post by T. Melloni » February 11th, 2020, 11:00 am

I have only had the Sonoma Coast, the Bearwallow and the Thieriot. All wonderful.
The Theriot shows a little richer for me, with a slight lean towards tropical fruit, with Bearwallow showing more acidity and freshness to the profile.
The Sonoma Coast is high quality and tastes well above the price of admission.
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#4 Post by Frank Z » February 11th, 2020, 11:13 am

I enjoyed the 2017 Purrington Rued.

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2/5/2020 - I LIKE THIS WINE: 93 Points
Drinking nicely. Full bodied apricot, honeysuckle, lemon curd. Secondary flavor of honey and cream. Nice acidity and finish, with a slight minerality.
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#5 Post by Anthony Z » February 11th, 2020, 1:04 pm

Are any of these particularly buttery? I see butter mentioned in the AG tasting notes of the ‘17 SC and Platt, but not in TRB’s tasting notes. I recently had a 2015 Alpha Omega Chardonnay and I couldn’t stand the buttered popcorn taste.
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#6 Post by Brian Tuite » February 11th, 2020, 1:20 pm

Anthony Z wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Are any of these particularly buttery? I see butter mentioned in the AG tasting notes of the ‘17 SC and Platt, but not in TRB’s tasting notes. I recently had a 2015 Alpha Omega Chardonnay and I couldn’t stand the buttered popcorn taste.
I never get that from these wines.
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#7 Post by Dave H. » February 11th, 2020, 1:21 pm

Logistical question for Will or someone. Will these be minimum 4 bottle order like the Pinot? I have a four pack of Pinot ordered last month and would like to add a couple of chards for a tidy 6 pack, but that may not be permissible. The wines look awesome but not sure if the budget can handle any more than a couple.
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#8 Post by JeremyMullman » February 11th, 2020, 1:55 pm

Dave H. wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Logistical question for Will or someone. Will these be minimum 4 bottle order like the Pinot? I have a four pack of Pinot ordered last month and would like to add a couple of chards for a tidy 6 pack, but that may not be permissible. The wines look awesome but not sure if the budget can handle any more than a couple.
Same question here.

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#9 Post by Michael Fess » February 11th, 2020, 2:00 pm

I thought that they said the Chards would ship with the Pinots in the offer letter.

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#10 Post by Brian Lynch » February 11th, 2020, 2:04 pm

All should be excellent based on past tastings I have had and the promise of the '18 vineyard. I've not encountered butter in the RM Chards, just beautifully balanced fruit with food friendly acidity. It's not as food friendly as a white burg, but it's very food friendly for California IMO.
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#11 Post by JeremyMullman » February 11th, 2020, 3:13 pm

Michael Fess wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 2:00 pm
I thought that they said the Chards would ship with the Pinots in the offer letter.
They typically do but there has been a minimum order in recent vintages. I guess the question is, since they are shipping together, already-purchased PN applies to the minimum.

These are great wines, although I think the gap between the SC and the single vineyards may be wider than with the Pinots. The Theriot is a special wine.

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#12 Post by Chris S p i k e s » February 11th, 2020, 6:29 pm

Is the Sonoma Coast typically a blend of the barrels from all the single vineyards that didn't quite make the cut?

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#13 Post by Pat K » February 13th, 2020, 7:56 pm

JeremyMullman wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Dave H. wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Logistical question for Will or someone. Will these be minimum 4 bottle order like the Pinot? I have a four pack of Pinot ordered last month and would like to add a couple of chards for a tidy 6 pack, but that may not be permissible. The wines look awesome but not sure if the budget can handle any more than a couple.
Same question here.
I'd also like to know the answer.

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#14 Post by Anthony Z » February 13th, 2020, 9:25 pm

Tasting notes and scores appear to be up:

https://www.riversmarie.com/wines/chardonnay
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#15 Post by Anton D » February 18th, 2020, 8:56 am

These wines are safe from my wife's edict to 'cut back.'

She is a Rivers Marie lover....which makes us sympatico.

Try one of each if you haven't had them before!
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#16 Post by Bud Carey » February 18th, 2020, 9:41 am

I'm in for 9 bottles. This offer is a no brainer for me.
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#17 Post by Jeff_M. » February 18th, 2020, 10:01 am

In for a mixed order of 10 bottles.

How long do these need to lay sideways before we should be drinking them?
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#18 Post by JeremyMullman » February 18th, 2020, 10:04 am

Pat K wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 7:56 pm
JeremyMullman wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Dave H. wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Logistical question for Will or someone. Will these be minimum 4 bottle order like the Pinot? I have a four pack of Pinot ordered last month and would like to add a couple of chards for a tidy 6 pack, but that may not be permissible. The wines look awesome but not sure if the budget can handle any more than a couple.
Same question here.
I'd also like to know the answer.
Four-bottle minimum still in place, it seems, regardless of PN purchases.

Oh, well. These are very fairly priced wines for the quality and they of course will have no trouble selling out with these minimums in place.

C'est la vie.

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#19 Post by Chris Seiber » February 18th, 2020, 10:59 am

From a pure logistics standpoint, that might be the easiest online order I've ever made. After selecting the wines I wanted, there was literally one more click to complete the order (assuming you didn't need to change your address or CC info).

Kind of frightening how easy it is to spend that kind of money!

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#20 Post by Bud Carey » February 18th, 2020, 11:18 am

You got that right, Chris. It was WAY to easy to spend my money.
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#21 Post by Mike C. » February 18th, 2020, 11:21 am

JeremyMullman wrote:
February 18th, 2020, 10:04 am
Pat K wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 7:56 pm
JeremyMullman wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 1:55 pm


Same question here.
I'd also like to know the answer.
Four-bottle minimum still in place, it seems, regardless of PN purchases.

Oh, well. These are very fairly priced wines for the quality and they of course will have no trouble selling out with these minimums in place.

C'est la vie.
I imagine the ordering system may not be sophisticated enough to take into account your previous PN order. Maybe try emailing them to see if you can add a bottle or two?
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#22 Post by blainemorris » February 18th, 2020, 4:58 pm

Oh the horror, long time list member, got the invite today, and website is saying my email is not valid! Yikes, the SC sells out quick... Help me RM!

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#23 Post by Alan Newman » February 18th, 2020, 5:01 pm

blainemorris wrote:
February 18th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Oh the horror, long time list member, got the invite today, and website is saying my email is not valid! Yikes, the SC sells out quick... Help me RM!
Ditto! Emailed Will minutes ago.

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#24 Post by Albert R » February 18th, 2020, 5:02 pm

This red wine drinker took the minimum 4 bottles. [cheers.gif]
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#25 Post by William Segui » February 18th, 2020, 5:09 pm

There is something up with the log-in. I’m working with the e-comm folks as we speak. I hope to back online shortly, thank you for your patience. —will

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#26 Post by Anton D » February 18th, 2020, 5:20 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:
February 18th, 2020, 10:59 am
From a pure logistics standpoint, that might be the easiest online order I've ever made. After selecting the wines I wanted, there was literally one more click to complete the order (assuming you didn't need to change your address or CC info).

Kind of frightening how easy it is to spend that kind of money!
I noticed that as well. They really stand out.
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#27 Post by Gus Siokis » February 18th, 2020, 5:35 pm

In for six....looks like they are starting to sell out on the SVD’s....
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#28 Post by Kris Patten » February 18th, 2020, 8:10 pm

Grabbed some SC and Platt.
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#29 Post by NED VALOIS » February 18th, 2020, 8:25 pm

IN FOR mixed case !

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#30 Post by JonathanG » February 18th, 2020, 8:49 pm

picked up one each of 6 different ones. Will be interesting since I'm not really a big white wine kind of guy!
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#31 Post by C Prince » February 19th, 2020, 5:49 pm

Love Rivers-Marie... Both the red and white. Took a mixed case but seems like the allocations were down?
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#32 Post by Jeremy Charmak » February 19th, 2020, 10:25 pm

Took 6
2 Platt
2 SC
2 BT

Passed on the Purrington even thought I bought it last year. Another future regret.

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