Friday, April 8, 2011

2007 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard

Here is a wine that we've had at many offlines, yet we've never popped one of our own. Tonight was the night as we dined with our good friends Tom and Denise. They were bringing their son Tommy's new pinot noir, so I wanted to bring a white so that his Russian River pinot noir was the star, and it was.

This however was popped and poured at Drew's Bay Shore Bistro in Keyport, NJ, and well worth the wait! Gorgeous golden straw color in the glass, with just a tinge of green to it. On the nose, tons of citrus, ranging from lemon, lime, pear, pineapple, and melon with just a hint of spice.

On the palate, the first thing I noticed was how creamy this was, with great acidity and balance. This is why I love Thomas Rivers Brown's wines! More of the same on the palate, with some elements of honey, and just a bit of spice. Overall, this wine was a rockstar, and extremely enjoyable! 92 points!


Tom Miller said...

Although I think this vineyard is Sonoma Coast (vs. Russian River), I really appreciate your tasting notes. I'll be serving my first bottle this week at our annual Boys' Weekend Out golf adventure in Gulf Shores, AL and your notes make it look like an excellent choice.

In the FWIW category, here's the menu for our event:
DWIGA 2011

Pre-Tournament Arrival Dinner
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Pasta with Chicken and Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce and Garlic Bread
Suggested wines:
1999 Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino
2001 Tommaso Bussola Amarone
2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Opening Day
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Luncheon (11:00 a.m. to 12 noon):
Gourmet Premium Hot Dog Buffet
Beanless chili, black bean salsa, cheese, onion, relish, mayo, mustard

Hors d’oeuvres: Mexican meatballs with enchilada sauce, hot wings, Rolaids
Entrée: Skrimps Creole ala Springs du Denham, rice, side salad and bread
Suggested wines:
2005 Bussiador Langhe Chardonnay
2007 Carlisle Zinfandel (with hors d’oeuvres)
2008 Fiddle Creek Cellars Pinot noir Hyland Vineyard

Moving Day
Friday, April 15, 2011
Dinner will be served at a restaurant to be selected

Awards Banquet
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Appetizers: Marinated Skrimps and Snow Peas, Stuffed Mushrooms, Stuffed Celery, Pickles and Olives
Dinner: Chicken Cordon Bleu ala Chef Davis
Bacon and Potato Hash
Ms. Frances’ Chocolate Delights
Suggested wines:
2005 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay
2007 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
1999 Au Bon Climat Pinot noir Isabelle
1998 Bethel Heights Pinot noir Freedom Hill Vineyard

1994 Quinta da Eira Velha Vintage Porto and cigars on the porch overlooking Bon Secour Bay at sunset

Keep up the great work.

Tom Miller said...

Oops on the Russian River comment. Sorry about that. BTW, what is the name of your friend's son's Pinot (from the RRV)? What did you think of it? I'll try to read more carefully next time.

Tom Miller