2017 Rivers-Marie Bearwallow Vineyard Chard
Tasting Notes: 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.
Vintner Notes: "It is all about the site,” says Thomas Rivers Brown. That is the main motivator when it comes to his personal
project, Rivers-Marie. Thomas Brown, one of California’s foremost Winemaker/Consultants makes mostly
Cabernet based wines for labels such as Shraeder, Outpost and Maybach. Yet, it is his Rivers-Marie label, which he
shares with his long-time partner Genevive (who’s middle name is Marie), where Thomas expresses a more
delicate and restrained style of winemaking that’s inspired by his true love for traditional Burgundy and Barolo. Brown grew up in South Carolina, and after college, headed west to California. This lead to a job as an assistant winemaker at Turley Winery in 1997, under the tutelage of Ehren Jordan. Three years later, he took over the winemaking at Outpost on Howell Mountain, where he remains as winemaker today. Rivers-Marie was launched in 2002. Today, Rivers-Marie has grown to include several single vineyard sites in and around Occidental including Occidental Ridge, Willow Creek, Silver Eagle, and the Summa Vineyard.