Cobb Wines

Emmaline Anne Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Sonoma Coast

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Often the most subtle and sophisticated expression of Cobb Pinot Noir, Emmaline Anne Vineyard sits at the western margin of Sebastopol, California, in one of the Sonoma Coast’s coldest microclimates and gets the most shade and fog of any of the vineyards Cobb works with. The combination of pinot noir varieties and the terroir of this small vineyard result in pinot noirs that are delicate and beautifully complex, with relatively low levels of alcohol.

Vineyard

The 3-acre Emmaline Ann Vineyard is a tiny gem. Located at an elevation of approximately 800 feet, with a southwest exposure, Emmaline generally gets more shade and fog than the other vineyards Cobb Wines works with. The pure Goldridge sandy loam soils are planted to two Dijon varieties (115 and 777). These plantings generally produce about two tons per acre.

Winemaking

Fruit is handpicked and fermented in small lots with a small portion of whole cluster. This wine is aged
22 months in French oak barrels (30% new oak). 225 cases produced.

Tasting Notes

“A brilliantly clear ruby red Pinot Noir, the 2016 Emmaline Ann offers aromas of pomegranate, wild strawberry, and tangerine zest with secondary notes of damp forest floor. On the palate, hints of wild Rainier cherries linger with brilliant structure and smooth tannins that are finely integrated. Currently sitting at the intersection of freshness and deep fruit intensity, it’s to be enjoyed in its youth and for many years to come.” – Ross Cobb

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir

Appellation

Sonoma Coast

Farming

Sustainable

Alcohol

13.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$75

Reviews

"Vibrant and pure "

Jeb Dunnuck - October 10, 2019 "The 2016 Pinot Noir Coastlands Diane Cobb offers an exotic style in its wild strawberry, blueberry, candied orange, and rose petal aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, vibrant and pure on the palate, with a chiseled style, it has bright acidity, plenty of framing tannins and great balance and length. Drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years."

"Dark, beautifully layered"

Jeb Dunnuck - October 10, 2019 "The 2016 Emmaline-Ann Vineyard is dark and powerful, with more of a distinct sense of whole cluster savoriness and to match its insistent structural feel. Pine, mint, black cherry, citrus, licorice and dried flowers add aromatic intrigue to this dark, beautifully layered Pinot Noir. This is another stellar wine from Ross Cobb."

"Savory black and red fruits wrapped with layers of smoky spice"

Jeb Dunnuck (92+) - October 10, 2019 "The 2016 Pinot Noir Emmaline Ann Vineyard is pale ruby in color with a singular nose of tart red cherries, black berries, cranberry and strawberry aromas that open to a wicked line of crushed rock minerality plus notes of smoke, earth and bitter peel. Light to medium-bodied, savory black and red fruits wrapped with layers of smoky spice fill the mouth. It's framed by firm, grainy tannins and juicy acidity to lift the long, layered finish."

"Vibrant exotic, focused beauty"

Jeb Dunnuck (93+) - October 10, 2019 "Similar in style, the 2016 Pinot Noir Emmaline Ann also saw the same 22 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Black raspberries, smoked applewood, candied orange, and forest floor notes all emerge from this vibrant exotic, focused beauty. It's not for those craving overt power or richness and it's one of those wines that builds with time in the glass and shines for its complex and elegance."

"The structure is a real highlight"

James Suckling - October 3, 2019 "Some ethereal perfume with bright strawberries, cherries and graphite. The palate has a very succulent, long and fresh feel. The structure is a real highlight, as is the length. Drink or hold."

"Delicately built, with a strong underlying foundation"

Wine Enthusiast - October 3, 2019 "Earthy and stemmy, this opens in an effusive bouquet of wild strawberry and lavender, with a forest of pine encircling the aromas. Delicately built, with a strong underlying foundation of firm tannin, it buzzes on the palate in white pepper, nutmeg and crisp tangerine."

Trade Materials

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