Rivers-Marie is a boutique producer 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 are normally produced in very small quantities.
The 2016 Chardonnay Joy Road Vineyard is ample, creamy and voluptuous with medium-plus acidity and easy tannins. The palate has a variety of flavors including lime, green apple, hazelnut , yeast, light oak, peach, herbs, mango, pineapple, kiwi. banana—with some lemon and caramel. The finish is long and smooth. Enjoy with Buttermilk fried chicken.