Considered the flagship vineyard of the estate, the 2016 Pinot Noir Summa Old Vines comes from vines planted in 1978 and was brought up in 50% new French oak. It is a vibrant, focused, exotic effort that reveals incredible notes of raspberries, plums, cedary spice, blood orange, and earth. Medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, with a sappy, energetic texture and fine tannin, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades or more.
The clear highlight in this range, the 2016 Pinot Noir Summa Old Vines is lifted, gracious and super-aromatic in feel. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, orange peel, sage and mint all flesh out in the glass. Even though it was made from fully destemmed fruit, the 2016 is quite floral and savory in style, with layers of racy fruit that build with time in the glass. The Old Vines is also the most elegant of the Rivers-Marie Pinots. Don't miss it. (AG)
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