2013 Cobb Pinot Noir

2013 Cobb Pinot Noir

Jack Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

95 W&S | 200 Case Production

$65.00
Retail Price
$75.00
Savings
13%



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VARIETAL: Pinot Noir

ALCOHOL: 12.80%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

95 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Reviews:

"This tiny, isolated two-acre vineyard near Freestone is bordered on all sides by coastal evergreens. Its sandstone-based soils grew some beautiful fruit in 2013. Ross Cobb’s even hand coaxed that fruit into a pinot noir with a diaphanous clarity that might make you hold your breath, if you didn’t want to keep smelling the wine: a hint of strawberry, the airy leafiness of oolong tea, the lift of rose petals. It has a quiet but captivating persistence, nothing excessive, nothing missing—the vinous equivalent of a Basho haiku". - Wine & Spirits

Why We're Drinking It:

This vineyard often yields more red fruits, cherry-cola and spice notes, reminding us of the brighter Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. But the rugged coastal forests impact the overt fruit with lovely coniferous aromas and a richness that is typical of the west Sonoma Coast vineyard.

Overlooking the Freestone Valley near Occidental, Jack Hill is the steepest site that the winery works with, and one of the coldest. Surrounded by dense oak forests and Douglas Firs, it is planted to three clones of Pinot Noir on a west-facing slope. What they always love about this vineyard is its ability to yield such a graceful and complex Pinot Noir. To accentuate its complexity and tannic structure, they fermented this wine using 30% whole clusters. All of these factors resulted in a wine with beautiful layers of spice and earthy minerality that will appeal to those who appreciate great Burgundies.

Tasting Notes:

From the winemaker:

This wine displays lovely layers of black cherry and raspberry, as well as all of the earthy minerality and spice that we have come to love from Jack Hill. Rich tannins and bright natural acid add poise and definition to the lovely fruit.

The Story to Know:

From the winery:

A Pinot Noir specialist established in 2001, producing wines sourced from carefully-chosen vineyards in West Sonoma County.

Coastlands Vineyard was founded by Ross and Stephen Cobb and their parents David and Diane. David Cobb, a marine biologist and environmental scientist, and his wife Dianne, planted a vineyard originally in the backyard of his Mill Valley home and took viticulture classes at night at Santa Rosa Junior College. He made wine at home as a hobby. Eventually David sold his Mill Valley home and moved to Occidental and planted 5 acres of Pinot Noir on a hill overlooking Bodega Bay in 1989. The first five vintages were purchased by Williams-Selyem. Meanwhile, son Ross was attending University of California at Santa Cruz and began to take an interest in wine.

After graduation, Ross worked for Whole Foods and a few days on and off at Williams-Selyem during harvest. He subsequently spent four years at Ferrari Carano, then Bonny Doon Vineyard when he got a call from Burt Williams who needed a lab tech for his winery. Apprenticing under winemaker Bob Cabral, he developed his Pinot Noir love affair working as an assistant enologist and viticulturist. In 2000, he traveled to Burgundy and returned to a job working at Flowers Winery. He became the winemaker from 2004 to 2008.

In 2006, he had a breakthrough. A small vineyard, Emmaline Ann, was producing very low yields and was picked at a relatively low Brix. The wine turned out to be 12.8% alcohol and a pH of 3.3 and was the first wine in his career where he felt he was achieving something unique for New World Pinot Noir. In 2008 he left Flowers, started his own label, Cobb Wines, and became the winemaker for David Hirsch. He assisted his farther in the farming of the 15-acre Coastlands Vineyard and managed all of other the vineyards from which the Cobb Wines winery sourced grapes.

Perfect Pairings:

Pair this with a light red meat dish or savory pasta dish with a tomato based sauce. 

This vineyard often yields more red fruits, cherry-cola and spice notes, reminding us of the brighter Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. But the rugged coastal forests impact the overt fruit with lovely coniferous aromas and a richness that is typical of the west Sonoma Coast vineyard.

Overlooking the Freestone Valley near Occidental, Jack Hill is the steepest site that the winery works with, and one of the coldest. Surrounded by dense oak forests and Douglas Firs, it is planted to three clones of Pinot Noir on a west-facing slope. What they always love about this vineyard is its ability to yield such a graceful and complex Pinot Noir. To accentuate its complexity and tannic structure, they fermented this wine using 30% whole clusters. All of these factors resulted in a wine with beautiful layers of spice and earthy minerality that will appeal to those who appreciate great Burgundies.

"This tiny, isolated two-acre vineyard near Freestone is bordered on all sides by coastal evergreens. Its sandstone-based soils grew some beautiful fruit in 2013. Ross Cobb’s even hand coaxed that fruit into a pinot noir with a diaphanous clarity that might make you hold your breath, if you didn’t want to keep smelling the wine: a hint of strawberry, the airy leafiness of oolong tea, the lift of rose petals. It has a quiet but captivating persistence, nothing excessive, nothing missing—the vinous equivalent of a Basho haiku". - Wine & Spirits

95 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine

From the winemaker:

This wine displays lovely layers of black cherry and raspberry, as well as all of the earthy minerality and spice that we have come to love from Jack Hill. Rich tannins and bright natural acid add poise and definition to the lovely fruit.

From the winery:

A Pinot Noir specialist established in 2001, producing wines sourced from carefully-chosen vineyards in West Sonoma County.

Coastlands Vineyard was founded by Ross and Stephen Cobb and their parents David and Diane. David Cobb, a marine biologist and environmental scientist, and his wife Dianne, planted a vineyard originally in the backyard of his Mill Valley home and took viticulture classes at night at Santa Rosa Junior College. He made wine at home as a hobby. Eventually David sold his Mill Valley home and moved to Occidental and planted 5 acres of Pinot Noir on a hill overlooking Bodega Bay in 1989. The first five vintages were purchased by Williams-Selyem. Meanwhile, son Ross was attending University of California at Santa Cruz and began to take an interest in wine.

After graduation, Ross worked for Whole Foods and a few days on and off at Williams-Selyem during harvest. He subsequently spent four years at Ferrari Carano, then Bonny Doon Vineyard when he got a call from Burt Williams who needed a lab tech for his winery. Apprenticing under winemaker Bob Cabral, he developed his Pinot Noir love affair working as an assistant enologist and viticulturist. In 2000, he traveled to Burgundy and returned to a job working at Flowers Winery. He became the winemaker from 2004 to 2008.

In 2006, he had a breakthrough. A small vineyard, Emmaline Ann, was producing very low yields and was picked at a relatively low Brix. The wine turned out to be 12.8% alcohol and a pH of 3.3 and was the first wine in his career where he felt he was achieving something unique for New World Pinot Noir. In 2008 he left Flowers, started his own label, Cobb Wines, and became the winemaker for David Hirsch. He assisted his farther in the farming of the 15-acre Coastlands Vineyard and managed all of other the vineyards from which the Cobb Wines winery sourced grapes.

Pair this with a light red meat dish or savory pasta dish with a tomato based sauce.