Rivers-Marie Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

$74.99

Thomas Rivers Brown and Genevieve Marie Welsh started Rivers Marie in 2002 making single variety wines made to reflect the vineyard & vintage from which they came. Focusing on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet, the wines are usually sold through the mailing list only - limited. This drinks way above its price point and may end up being the best QPR Cabernet they have ever released. The composition of our 2016 Napa appellation wine is very similar to the 2015 version: clones 4 and 6 from Panek, the lower block of Lore, Pellet Vineyard in St Helena and two blocks from Kennedy Vineyard on Franz Valley School Road in Calistoga. Even with no Herb Lamb or Larkmead in the blend, the wine still provides an early drinking insight into the character of the four vineyard designated bottlings from 2016. If 2015 was defined by fruit sweetness, this vintage is framed by ripe tannin. The fruit is a bit darker as well, leaning toward black fruits and thus a more serious seeming offering. The various defining attributes of the vineyard sources pop up throughout while experiencing the wine. The abundant fruit and acid cut of Panek’s valley floor location, the all black fruit, crushed rock minerality of Lore’s east Oakville range, the loamy purple fruit of Pellet’s west St. Helena corridor and the blue fruited cool climate savory-ness of Kennedy’s western Calistoga siting. Completeness best describes the overall experience. Fruit, tannin and acidity all come in waves of equal proportion while the tasting experience follows seamlessly from start to finish.

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Ratings on Delectable

Matt Lasater Delectable Pro

Palate is supple, richly textured and full of suave tannins that have a youthful edge to them. Deeply fruited, very accessible at the moment, some VA kills the aromatic character for me, hiding some nuances that are just perceptible.

Palate is supple, richly textured and full of suave tannins that have a youthful edge to them. Deeply fruited, very accessible at the moment, some VA kills the aromatic character for me, hiding some nuances that are just perceptible.

8.7

Greg Ballington Delectable Pro

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

Dark purplish ruby red. Rich nose coated with tobacco, purple flowers, black currants, cocoa and anise. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Rich and layered with cinnamon, vanilla, blackberries, herbs and cassis. Long finish. Drink till 2028. One of our favorite under $80 bottles.

Dark purplish ruby red. Rich nose coated with tobacco, purple flowers, black currants, cocoa and anise. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Rich and layered with cinnamon, vanilla, blackberries, herbs and cassis. Long finish. Drink till 2028. One of our favorite under $80 bottles.

9.3

Brandon Thurber

Cigar box and assorted black and blue berries. Much better than the last time I had this vintage. Nice QPR.

Cigar box and assorted black and blue berries. Much better than the last time I had this vintage. Nice QPR.

9.4

Kirk F

Fun to drink side by side with the Caterwaul - both ‘16s. Preferred this ever so slightly. Absolutely delicious.

Fun to drink side by side with the Caterwaul - both ‘16s. Preferred this ever so slightly. Absolutely delicious.

9.3

Jason and Jennie

93. Could be 94.

93. Could be 94.

9.3

Wade Chambers

Beautifully balanced with big dark fruit. Great finish!

Beautifully balanced with big dark fruit. Great finish!

9.3

Eric L.

This is extremely good. Lovely fruit and a plush velvet texture. Sadly my last bottle of the 16.

This is extremely good. Lovely fruit and a plush velvet texture. Sadly my last bottle of the 16.

9.4

TheSkip

This 2016 is coming into its own. Much more open then when I had it last time.

This 2016 is coming into its own. Much more open then when I had it last time.

9.4

Jason and Jennie

You know, when I coravin’d this last night, I thought the tannins were pretty strong and dominant. Today, I opened this up and coravin’d 2016 napa cabs from hunnicutt and quivet for a blind flight. Surprisingly, I thought this was very accessible and tasting the best currently. The quivet was the softest and also drinking nice. It tasted like a mike smith wine but less fruit forward than the majority of his wines. The hunnicutt was pretty powerful and I think needs some time or decanting. It will be really good.

You know, when I coravin’d this last night, I thought the tannins were pretty strong and dominant. Today, I opened this up and coravin’d 2016 napa cabs from hunnicutt and quivet for a blind flight. Surprisingly, I thought this was very accessible and tasting the best currently. The quivet was the softest and also drinking nice. It tasted like a mike smith wine but less fruit forward than the majority of his wines. The hunnicutt was pretty powerful and I think needs some time or decanting. It will be really good.

9.4

Trent Fletcher

My go-to Cab

My go-to Cab

9.2

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