Rivers-Marie is a passion project of Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife, Genevieve. Rivers is Thomas' middle name and Marie is Genevieve's middle name, hence Rivers-Marie. We feel personally connected to Thomas given he was born and grew up in Sumter, South Carolina. Thomas has an amazing resume of clients such as Schrader, Maybach, Outpost, Revana, and Pulido~Walker, to name a few. He's been awarded more 100 point scores than anyone we've ever seen.
The first release of Rivers-Marie came from Summa Vineyard 2002. What started with one small lot on the Sonoma Coast has blossomed into several wine made with fruit from the finest vineyards in and around Occidental. Some of the single vineyards include Silver Eagle, Willow Creek and Occidental Ridge.
The Burgundian approach is Thomas' go-to for Pinot Noir. By picking early, using native yeasts and whole cluster fermentation, the wines become complex, textured and have excellent ageing potential. Cabernet Sauvignon, on the other hand, is all Napa-Valley in approach. The precise yin and yang of his Cabernets comes from fruit grown mostly around St. Helena and Oakville.
The more minimal approach is left for the Chardonnay wines, which have no lees stirring while ageing in minimal new wood. After several months in tank, they are bottled balanced with no fining or filtration.
We are excited about the Spring releases traveling safely across the Rockies on a refrigerated truck as we speak.
The 2018 Spring Release includes:
Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016
Rivers-Marie Bearwallow Chardonnay 2016
Rivers-Marie Joy Road Chardonnay 2016
Rivers-Marie Thierot Chardonnay 2016
Rivers-Marie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016
Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
Rivers-Marie Silver Eagle Pinot Noir 2016
Rivers-Marie Summa Old Vine Pinot Noir 2016
Rivers-Marie Occidental Pinot Noir 2016
Rivers-Marie Bearwallow Pinot Noir 2016