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  • Cobb Pinot Noir Rice Spivak Vineyard 30 Month Barrel Aged 2008 -- 750ml


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    Cobb Pinot Noir Rice Spivak Vineyard 30 Month Barrel Aged 2008

    • Tasting Notes

      Winemaker’s notes: In parts of the Old World like Barolo, there are wines that receive extended barrel aging to achieve the richness and nuanced complexity we expect from great European wines. To my knowledge, no one is really doing anything similar with California Pinot Noir. With beautiful concentration and naturally high acidity, the fascinating 2008 Rice-Spivak Pinot brought out my mad scientist side, and I set aside four barrels for an extra year of barrel aging in one-year-old barrels (following an original 18 months in 35% new French oak). The resulting wine is something special. Robust and elemental, it offers-up rustic notes of cherry, earth, leather, dried herbs, vanilla bean and moist underbrush, all supported by juicy, chewy tannins.

    • The Vineyard

      The 6-acre Rice-Spivak Vineyard is near the town of Sebastopol, California, north of San Francisco, and several miles from the Sonoma County coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is planted to a combination of Dijon and Swan pinot noir varieties. These distinctive clones are planted in an unusual mix of sandy loam and volcanic ash. 95 cases made.

      The 2008 growing season for the 2008 wines at our vineyards was another near-perfect event. The early season was mild. The pesky spring drizzle and fog that can reduce a crop - or if severe, eliminate it entirely - was minimal for a change. The coastal locations of our vineyards helped us avoid the hottest weather that arrived just prior to harvest, and the wildfire smoke that threatened all of us on the coast in late summer never reached our vineyards. Three bullets dodged. Not bad for farming.

    • Technical Notes

      95 cases produced
      alcohol: 13.5%
      3.31 pH
      30 months in barrel
      35% new French oak

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