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The single vineyards are more unique than the blends and I would encourage anyone to try them. Is the Old Vine worth being singled out? Maybe. I find it more complex, but the big step is from blend to single vineyard.
For me, as I try to manage to finite cellar space, I typically go for Summa, Summa OV, Ox, and the S Coast. I just can’t take everything.
Chris, to assess whether it is worth it or not for you, why not just try the OV and do it side by side with the Summa regular. Then, you will know. Blind them and really see if there is a difference. For me, there is and I like them both.
I’ve been on a wine buying hiatus as a concession to age and lack of storage space but this ends it, at least temporarily. I love Rivers-Marie Pinots and just can’t pass them up.
Is the Summa OV worth the premium? It is definitely a step up but I get so much pleasure from the other SVDs and it exceeds my self imposed price limit such that I usually pass or pick up just one bottle.
Like others, I have been significantly curtailing my purchases. But this is one of 3 domestic pinots I am still buying. Terrific wines, and while the Sonoma Coast is the QPR champ and drinks well early, I like the single vineyards, particularly summa and summa ov, with some age.
Summa Old Vines. Maybe my favorite domestic pinot noir. I am pretty much not buying any more domestic pinot anymore, but I will buy enough from RM to allow me to get a couple bottles of Summa OV until my cc gets taken away. It is worth the premium.