Cobb Wines 2008 Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot Noir - Review
Sonoma Coast, California
Our Selection for Wine of the Week July 30, 2012
2008 Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, CA
Concentrating on single vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast, Cobb combines the talents of winegrower David Cobb and his winemaker son Ross. The father, a marine ecologist by trade, spent years studying the soils and climatology of the area's coast, and is regarded as a pioneer of Sonoma Coast Pinot. Ross' original intention was to focus on wines made from his father's grapes, but the winery has proven so successful that it has expanded to produce more than five different artisanal Pinot Noirs from both David's fruit and a few of the region's other exceptional vineyards. The 2008 Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot comes from a very small vineyard influenced by the Pacific Ocean. On the nose, it offers floral aromas of rose petals and violet as well as a bit of cherry and clove. A complex yet pleasingly restrained wine, the '08 offers upfront fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry. Toward the middle of the palate, an Eastern spice note enters the profile with earthy, espresso notes toward the back of the palate. Try it with seared duck breast and sautéed summer greens, spiced, grilled pork or aged sheep's milk cheeses.