The opaque purple-hued 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Crona Vineyard, from gravelly, stony soils in the western Oakville hills, is the most intense, massive, structured and tannic wine of this group of 2012s. Aged in 75% new oak (250 cases produced), it offers up notes of licorice, graphite, vanillin, baking spices, blueberries and blackberries along with stupendous extract, richness and structure. Drink it over the next 20+ years. Rivers-Marie takes its name from Thomas Rivers Brown, the famous wine consultant, and Genevieve Marie Welsh, who started this operation in 2002. These are the first wines I have tasted from this estate. All these cuvées reflect brilliant winemaking and viticultural work. (RP)
A deep, exotic wine 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Corona Vineyard boasts magnificent power, texture and intensity. Iron, smoke, blood orange, mint and violets add considerable nuance to a core of black fruit. Layers of pure flavor build to the huge, imposing finish in a broad Cabernet loaded with personality. (AG) 93+
Combining power with finesse, this chunky, gutsy entry offers rock-laced dark berry flavors. An exciting, supple style that should only become more harmonious. Best from 2017 through 2028. 200 cases made. (JL)
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