"This is the first year that Cobb has produced wine from this vintage. The vineyard was planted in 2010 and is located just up the road from the Emmaline Anne Vineyard, roughly five miles from the Pacific Ocean. This translucent Pinot Noir starts off with aromatics reminiscent of wet stone, peat moss, wild blackberry and huckleberry compote. The palate shows a strong salinity and gobs of mouth-watering acidity. Black fruits mingle with citrus rind and earthy undertones. Vibrant, with some serious poise, this stunning Pinot Noir will cellar well for fifteen plus years." Drink 2019-2033
Washington Wine Blog, Dr. Owen Bargreen - 94 Points
“Michael Galli planted this vineyard in 2010, a far-coast site five miles from the Pacific and 700 feet above it. The two acres of Calera, Pommard and several Dijon clones are now owned by Marc Monticue. Ross Cobb works with the fruit to make this tight, floral pinot noir, its strawberry scents touched by notes of green peppercorns and woodsy chanterelles. There’s a hint of dimpled fruit that comes up with air, suggesting this may be best to drink as a young wine, with its freshness intact.”
Wine & Spirits Magazine April 2019, Year's Best Pinot Noir - 92 Points
"Pale ruby with a nose of red licorice, dried rose petal, cracked pepper, tobacco leaf and woodsmoke, the 2016 Pinot Noir Monticue Vineyard has a core of concentrated red and black berries and cherries on the nose. Light to medium-bodied and silky, the red fruits evolve into earthy/savory layers, knit together by grainy tannins and juicy acidity lifting the very long, layered finish."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate May 2019 - 94+ Points
“A new wine in this range, the 2016 Monticue Vineyard shows more of a red-toned profile and more overt ripeness than most of the other wines in the range. Bright red cherry fruit, blood orange, hard candy, mint and high-toned aromatics from the 50% whole clusters are some of the signatures. Best of all, the 2016 should drink well with minimal cellaring.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media May 2019 - 92 Points
"From a two-acre site near the producer's own Emmaline Ann Vineyard, just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Monticue shows powerful hits of white pepper, leather and turned earth. Seductive and seamless, with well-integrated acidity and tannin, it lingers beautifully in earthy lavender."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine June 2019 - 93 Points