2009 Cobb, Pinot Noir “Rice-Spivak Vineyard” Sonoma Coast.
Absolutely stunning, beautifully detailed and vibrant Pinot with graceful red fruits, floral tones and mineral essences with refined tannins and balanced acidity. Subtle French oak frames this layered wine and the finish is haunting and lengthly with lingering violets, saline and cola bean to go with a core of raspberry, plum, wild strawberry and morello cherry. Ross Cobb is one of the most talented Pinot guys out there and a harsh perfectionist that holds his wines an extra year or two depending on how he feels it is tasting before release. Cobb is one of a select group of Pinot Noir producers in the Pursuit of Balance group making lower alcohol style wines that can in his case show the most seductive and delicate side of the Pinot Noir grape. The more I think about this wine the more I like it and want it, this is stylish stuff handcrafted with passion and pride, bravo. For those that care this wine comes in at about 13% Alcohol and is unfined and unfiltered and was gently racked once before bottling to showcase purity and preserve it’s natural essence. I’ve been a big fan of the Cobb wines for many vintages now, and I just love this latest set, especially this gorgeous new Rice-Spivak release.
($70 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive
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