TN: 2004 Rivers Marie Cabernet Sauvignon

just a lovely bottle. not over the top, but clearly napa. cassis, tobacco, and spice box. has lost the baby fat of it’s youth. tannins nearly resolved. soft but never flabby. a bit of acid kicks in on the finish. would pair great with food. this is yet another reason why i will continue to buy these wines (and the pinot and chard) without hesitation for the years to come.

Here’s an update on this wine:

  • 2004 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (4/19/2014)
    I remember liking this wine more when I had it 6+ years ago. Back then it was notable for being deeply layered with dark fruits, graphite, and loamy earth. By comparison, this bottle — at this stage of evolution — seemed a little shallow. 30 minutes in a decanter. Restrained notes of red plums, cassis, licorice, and dried herbs. Slightly acidic on the palate. Still a very good wine that paired nicely with herb-crusted lamb chops, but just not as impressive as before. My hope is that it’s just this bottle and not the wine in general. (88 pts.)

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I’m enjoying an '07 right now and it’s terrific. Less overtly sweet than a bottle two years ago. I’m a happy camper.

I’m going to wait for a few more reviews on the wine to come out before I make my opinion public #groupthink

Too soon?


Just had the 2007 with prime ribs. A little closed, but drinking very well. 3-5 more yrs I think to fully blossom. Not a palate crusher.

Thanks for the update. I loved this wine in its youth. Always seemed like one to be drank young. Not that it wouldn’t age but it was so dang good 5 years ago.


Not to side track, but which of the RM cabs are drinking well now? I just finished my last 2006 which was better than ever. Now I only have '07 or younger.

I echo that…always love these a little young.

I was not a fan of this a half dozen years ago. Glad id is showing well.