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2009 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley -- 305 cases produced, 14.5% alcohol, 50% new French oak $55 [6]

The 12 barrel blend this year is 25% Oakville, 42% St Helena and 33% Spring Mountain from the Baconbrook Vineyard. The Spring Mountain component definitely helps the wine standout in the lineup giving it a more brooding, black-fruited quality that dominates the nose and palate entry. Elements of cassis, creosote, blackberries and menthol dominate the wine early with a sweeter fruited valley floor flavor profile taking over on the mid-palate and finish. The good early grip is replaced by racy high-toned red fruits which give the wine freshness and help prolong the finish. This wine might actually have the greatest complexity of the three right now due to the blend. It does also have some structure which will require some cellaring to absorb.

2009 Rivers-Marie "Panek Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon St Helena -- 150 cases produced, 14.6% alcohol, 80% new French oak $75 [3]

Our part of the Panek site is a 2.5 acre parcel just north of Turley Winery and just south of Aida Vineyard in St Helena. It's old riverbed ground so it drains well with a strong streak of gravel shot through the black, loamy soil. The 2009 bottling consists of equal parts clones 6 and 7. This is the most classic of our three wines in this release. The pure fruit driven nose consists of sweet tobacco, purple fruits, white flowers and blackcurrants. The clone 7 component in the wine definitely adds this fruit sweetness which is in turn buffered by the more structured, higher acid, soil driven elements of the 6. Clone 6 on the valley floor can act a bit like a hillside addition with its tiny berries and thick skins and in this wine it makes for an interesting texture. The mineral notes that frame the finish give the wine length with just enough apparent acidity to add freshness.

2009 Rivers-Marie "Corona Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville -- 150 cases produced, 14.2% alcohol, 100% new French oak $75 [3]

We thought this would be bottled separately in 2008 but now seeing the quality of the 2009, I'm glad we waited. This is the single vineyard Cabernet we've been waiting to launch our program around. Located off of Oakville Grade in the western hills of Oakville, the vineyard sits at the base of an old pea gravel quarry. The first time I smelled the wine it reminded me of a modern Martha's Vineyard with elements of menthol and eucalyptus layered into a rich, black-fruited core. The site contributes white flower and minerally notes which balance the richness and give the wine some muscle. The most structured of the three wines, this will go a while in the cellar but the balance (and if you like raw power) makes this enjoyable now with a substantial decant. We feel privileged to be working with such a great site in this prestigious neighborhood.

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