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Cobb Pinot Noir Doc's Ranch Vineyard Pommard & 114 Selection Sonoma Coast 2018  - First Bottle

Reviews

96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2018 Pinot Noir Doc’s Ranch Pommard & 114 Selection has a pale ruby color and alluring aromas of raspberries, blueberries, mushrooms and dried blue flowers. The youthful delicacy on the nose is foiled by intense, juicy flavors on the palate, which offers silty tannins and exceptional length. This 2018 offers upfront pleasure but will age gracefully in the cellar if you enjoy a Pinot Noir with some bottle age.
95 Vinous -
The 2018 Pinot Noir Doc's Ranch Vineyard Pommard & 114 Selection is a bit darker and richer than the straight Pommard. Black cherry, spice, licorice and earthy notes infuse the 2018 with so much character. Broad and ample in feel, the 2018 marries finesse with power. It is another stellar Pinot in this range from Ross Cobb.
94 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2018 Pinot Noir Doc's Ranch Vineyard Pommard is forward with turned mineral earth, fresh cherry fruit, and dried roses. The palate is richer in structure but really delicious, with a fruit profile of wild raspberry, black tea leaf, and clove spice. The structure feels a touch more rustic, and I do like it. Allow another year in bottle and drink over the next 15 or more years.

Technical Details

  • WinemakerRoss Cobb
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationSonoma Coast
  • VineyardDoc's Ranch Vineyard
  • Farming MethodSustainable Practices
  • OakFrench oak (30% new oak).
  • Aging/Cooperage20 Months
  • Alcohol13.9%
  • Production328 cases

Cobb Pinot Noir Doc's Ranch Vineyard Pommard & 114 Selection Sonoma Coast 2018

Pinot Noir  |  US
WA96, VN95, JD94

Sustainable Practices
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If you love California coastal pinot noir, and don’t know Cobb wines...boy, are you in for a treat! 96 POINTS, with fruit from the pristine Doc’s Ranch out on the extreme Sonoma Coast. This was only the second vintage for Cobb, as they signed a long-term farming contract in 2017 to make this a part of their ultra-special Sonoma Coast estate! Drink it now or 15 years from now, or anytime in between, and one thing is guaranteed...you’re gonna love this!

Doc’s Ranch is named for the road where the original Swan planting resides – only about two blocks from the heart of the Cobb estate, called Coastlands. When Ross Cobb signed a long-term contract to farm this vineyard and make Doc’s Ranch a part of the Cobb estate in 2017, the vineyard was divvied up by clones – with a natural pairing of Pommard and 114, showcased here, versus the California heritage pairing of Swan and Calera.

This is a profoundly bold and enticing young pinot – that is perfect to enjoy right out of the bottle now...and yet, still whispers the promise of a long and beautiful life to come – for the right soul who has the temperance of a saint! Vibrant and expressive from the moment it hits the glass with aromas of a tart cranberry relish, and blood orange, then raspberry and bramble leaves, followed by rose petals and lavender, with accompanying flavors of sour cherries, pomegranate molasses, and black tea, with light mineral accents of iron and copper, enveloped by a rich earthiness that showcases forest duff and woodsmoke, with a salty sea air tang on the finish. Wow! 22 months in barrel with 30% new French oak is noticeable but hardly dominant, the high acid/low alcohol wine ensures that its true character is unbound – in an exceptionally powerful way for the sometimes delicate wines of the extreme Sonoma Coast. The vineyard's elevation on a ridge at 1,100 feet, and its proximity of only three miles from Bodega Bay may have something to do with that, but whatever alchemy is responsible – one thing is certain – this is remarkable! Only 325 cases made, and typically offered only to club members and sold direct...we’re thrilled to have any of this… especially at our exceptional price!

PAIRING IDEAS: I opted for a whole side of King salmon – roasted hot and fast over raging hot hardwood coals with the skin side exposed (and salted and scored ahead of time to get extra crisp). I served it with a squeeze of lemon, a healthy few cracks of fresh pepper, atop a mountain of arugula dressed with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Simple preparations for the win!

About the Producer

In 2001, two generations of the Cobb family came together to explore a shared passion for pinot noir with the founding of Cobb Wines. Focused exclusively on crafting single-vineyard, Sonoma Coast pinot noirs, Cobb Wines combines the winegrowing expertise of David Cobb—one of the pioneers of pinot noir viticulture on the far Sonoma Coast—with the winemaking talents of his son, noted pinot noir specialist Ross Cobb.