A very special bottle given to me by my wife at our engagement party. Now, as she turns 40, we decide to pop it and pair it with home grilled burgers. This was superb.
2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (7/7/2019)
I’ve been lucky enough to have had this particular wine now 4 times and this bottle is consistent with those, though surely showing the benefits of age (my most recent foray was at the Elk’s Tower Dinner back in 2012 2002-2010 Rivers Marie Summa Old Vines Magnum Vertical with TRB and recently released 2010 Lineup - WINE TALK - WineBerserkers).
Each of the four times I’ve had this wine I have found it to be brash and bold but maintaining the intense acidity of the 05 vintage (that I love) which keeps it all together. Initially pouring a bit brown, it gained color and concentration with air but always carried a delicious tea flavor from the tertiary characteristics now developing (which are new and delicious).
This wine is special, not just because of the rarity, but because it has an amazing ability to be at once savage yet dignified…in short, though, it is delicious and I cannot thank my wife enough for finding a way to get this one into my cellar.
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