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  • Cobb Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard Diane Cobb 2006 -- 750ml


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    Cobb Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard Diane Cobb 2006

    • Tasting Notes

      Winemaker's notes: Very dark ruby color. Exceptionally aromatic and with flavors of dark and red fruits including raspberry and concentrated plum; white pepper, vanilla, minerals, and flint. A long, crisp finish.

    • The Vineyard

      When Coastlands was first being planted in 1989, very few varieties of pinot noir were available commercially, and fewer still tried under conditions on the edge of the continent. Working with the University of California at Davis, Diane Cobb established a University licensed nursery block at Coastlands that contained over 20 relatively unknown pinot noir varieties. In 1996 Diane doubled the nursery block with a single pinot noir variety she thought was both especially flavorful and well-suited for our coastal climate. The "Diane Cobb" designate pinot noir commemorates her life at Coastlands, the love of her family, and her 1.5 acres of vines that now yield such a lovely, complex, and thoroughly unique wine.

    • Accolades

      Linda Murphy
      March 2010
      Cool California Pinots: A Dream Dozen
      2006 Coastlands Vineyard: Diane Cobb Pinot Noir
      "Delicate, floral and dry, with pristine red fruit, subtle pepper and underbrush. Refreshing and elegant, with unusual delicacy from California.”
      Five Stars - Outstanding

      Wine Review Online
      December 8, 2009
      Linda Murphy
      “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
      “On the fourth day of Christmas My true love sent to me:
      Four Cobb Pinots
      Three Burgundies
      Two EuroCaves
      And a mag of Screaming Eagle, wee hee!

      (As much as I covet DRC, California Pinot Noir deserves equal time, and the one that wowed me the most in 2009 was the 2006 Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard: Diane Cobb from the chilly, ‘true’ Sonoma Coast. It’s gorgeous, with floral, black pepper and savory underbrush aromas and perfectly ripe fruit flavors. There is an ethereal quality to the wine – supple and palate-caressing, yet mouthwateringly refreshing, too, and with just 13.5 percent alcohol. The Diane Cobb Block Pinot isn’t cheap at $72, and is produced in small quantities -- which is exactly why it’s on my Christmas list.)”

      Linda Murphy
      October 2009
      “Crus down the Sonoma Côte”
      *Full article in General Press Compendium
      2006 Coastlands Vineyard: Diane Cobb Pinot Noir
      “What Linda’s Been Drinking This Month”
      “What else? Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. The best Pinot I’ve tasted, from anywhere in the US this year, is Ross Cobb’s 2006 Coastlands Vineyard: Diane Cobb Pinot Noir. It’s simply gorgeous, with a floral nose and subtle black pepper and savory underbrush backing the pristinely ripe red fruit on the palate. Dry and with crackling-fresh acidity, it clocks in at just 13.5% alcohol, shattering the myth that all Californian Pinot Noirs are overly alcoholic.”

      Wine Review Online
      Linda Murphy
      September 15, 2009
      “Shifts in Sonoma”
      “As the 2009 harvest unfolds, I’ve been thinking about how much the Sonoma County landscape has changed since I arrived. I love the area as much now as I did when I arrived, yet things are definitely different, among them the increase in population, traffic, cost of living and tourists, and in my little town of Healdsburg, a trend toward upscale shops, restaurants and wine bars, replacing the mom-and-pops of the early 1990s.
      There are now more than 250 wineries in Sonoma County, and the number of producers has soared in other California regions as well, among them Napa Valley, Mendocino County, Monterey County, Santa Barbara County, Livermore and Lodi.

      So in the past few months, I’ve made a concerted effort to learn what it is I don’t know. Here are just a handful of my recent discoveries, wines that wine lovers should know about. It’s one thing to be new; it’s another to be new and provide high-quality, interesting wines. The producers below deliver those goods.

      Cobb Wines – Each of winemaker Ross Cobb’s six Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs are 13.5% alcohol or lower – an admirable achievement, as each wine has plenty of ripe fruit flavor and a suppleness that makes it enjoyable now, yet also deserves cellaring for up to 10 years. All his wines have pure fruit, elegance and refreshing acidity; my hands-down favorite is the 2006 Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard: Diane Cobb Pinot Noir -- pricey at $72 per bottle, yet pure and ethereal, with multi-layered texture and flavor, and a dead-ringer for Grand Cru Burgundy.”


      Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences
      Dan Berger
      July 16, 2009
      2006 Coastlands Vineyard: Diane Cobb Pinot Noir
      “Simply superb aroma of roses, cherries, and faint hints of black pepper and tobacco. Round and rich entry, great acidity. A lighter weight, near-perfect example of Sonoma County Pinot.”

    • Technical Notes

      145 cases produced.
      16 months in barrel.
      40% new French oak.
      13.9% alcohol.

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