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2017 Rivers-Marie Joy Road Vineyard Chardonnay

ITEM 8013456 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
top-up $51 $51
jarda $51 $0
Item Sold Amount Date
I8013456 1 $51 Dec 5, 2021
I7989310 1 $49 Oct 31, 2021
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94Jeb Dunnuck

...clean, mineral, white flower, white peach, and orange blossom-scented bouquet as well as medium body, bright acidity, a touch of salinity, and just a classy, balanced, layered style that’s a joy to drink.

92The Wine Advocate

...notes of saline, crushed shell and toast with lime pith, green apple, sliced hazelnut and baker's yeast—precise and clean. Light to medium-bodied, it's rounded and fresh with floral-laced tree fruits, mineral notions and tangy acidity on the long finish.

92Vinous / IWC

...soft, supple and viscous...striking nuance and textural raciness. Apricot, peach, yellow flowers, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all grace this soft, open-knit Chardonnay.



Rivers-Marie is a boutique producer of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon started a few years ago by by Thomas Rivers Brown, a Napa winemaker and winemaking consultant who has worked for such clients as Schrader and Turley. He and his partner Genevieve Marie Welsh work with vineyard owners to secure grapes. Their wines, produced in very small quantities, are generally available only by mailing list. In 2009 Eric Asimov of the New York Times called Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir ‘intense yet beautifully balanced, with lively acidity that makes them refreshing.”


United States, California, Sonoma, Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast AVA runs from San Pablo Bay in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It includes 7,000 vineyard acres and earned AVA status in 1987. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean means it gets double the rainfall of nearby inland appellations and the ocean gives the appellation a relatively cool climate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can thrive in these conditions, and there are numerous producers making critically acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.