Rivers Marie Chardonnay 2017
VIN93 The 2017 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard bristles with tension, nuance and brilliance. Lemon confit, tangerine, white flowers, mint and almond are beautifully delineated and vibrant. Medium in body and wonderfully nuanced, 2017 is another Chardonnay in this range that will drink well upon release. The Bearwallow is sourced from the Anderson Valley vineyard that belongs to Kevin Harvey of Rhys.
Winemaker Notes: It’s nice to see this stand out from the pack, mostly because it should. Our winemaking style has always produced site-driven wines first and here we get a small assist from the vintage to complete the delineation. This might be the one bottling that has a little more give than its previous vintage version. It is once again yellow fruit focused with additional notes of hazelnut, white peach, guava and chamomile. A little bit of white chocolate emerges on the finish to give more roundness to the wine. 210 cases produced.
98 Jeb Dunnuck
Ranking with the top wines in California, the 2017 Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard comes from an old vine site far out on the Sonoma Coast and spent 15 months in one-third of new French oak. This medium to full-bodied, concentrated, magically Chardonnay does everything right and offers extraordinary notes of orchard fruits, spice box, honeycomb, and a distinct salty minerality that makes you salivate. With remarkable concentration, terrific purity, flawless balance, and a great, great finish, the only downside is that there are only 150 cases produced. Hats off to Thomas Rivers Brown for another thrilling Chardonnay.
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard was barrel fermented and aged for 15 months in 33% new French oak. Grapes were harvested on September 28. It's scented of Golden Delicious apples, baker's yeast, Bosc pear, rock and citrus blossom with light touches of honey toast. The palate is light to medium-bodied and very energetic with a great savory/citrus duality, tangy acidity and an incredibly long, textured finish. 150 cases were made.
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