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Cobb Coastlands Vineyard 1906 Block Pommard 2014

Cobb Coastlands Vineyard 1906 Block Pommard 2014

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"The 2014 Pinot Noir 1906 Pommard offers serious fruit intensity, not to mention phenomenal overall balance. Succulent red cherry, tobacco, spice and dried flowers all flesh out in the glass. Pliant and racy, the 1906 Pommard is one of the most approachable of Ross Cobb's 2014s. Today, the flavors are really popping. This is a superb showing from the 2014. Drinking window: 2019-2029. 95 points

I was super-impressed by the 2015 and 2014 Pinots I tasted with Ross Cobb earlier in the year. The 2015 vintage was brutal. Yields were a punishing 0.3 tons per acre across the board. As a result Cobb did not bottle a number of his single-block Pinots from the estate Coastland vineyard. I am not sure that really matters, as the 2015s Cobb bottled are all superb. For the 2015s, Cobb opted for a relatively short (by his standards) aging regime of around 22 months in barrel. In the past, Cobb has often given his wines more time in barrel, an approach I have mixed feelings about. Although in most cases, the wines can handle the longer time in barrel, I am less sure that approach allows the fullest expression of site. In addition to the 2015s, I also had a chance to revisit most of the 2014s. Those wines remain medium in body and a touch nervous in construction. Even so, the 2014s are as expressive or better than they have been in the past. As always, Cobb has a preference for picking on the earlier side. The wines, from cool, coastal sites, are on the floral/savory side of things. More importantly, they are among the most distinctive artisan wines being made in California today. Readers will not want to miss them."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (04/18)