"Located nearby a set of 275 year old Douglass Fir trees, this block is set at the top of the vineyard at 1200 feet. A strong saline driven nose starts this off, with citrus rind and red fruits connecting with the saline driven aromatics. Soft and delicate, the wine shows a silky mouthfeel with light red fruits, citrus rind and forest floor flavors. This shows serious range and terroir." Drink 2019-2030
Washington Wine Blog, Dr. Owen Bargreen - 93 Points
“Ross Cobb’s parents planted this block of vines on their Occidental property in 1989. A selection of heritage clones—Wadenswil 2A and Martini—it remains their highest elevation block, at 1,200 feet. This 2016 feels big and ripe, dominated by its oak at the moment, while underneath, there are inviting scents of red-currant and sweet rhubarb and salty, coastal notes of iodine. It needs cellar time to settle.”
Wine & Spirits Magazine April 2019, Year's Best Pinot Noir - 90 Points
"Pale ruby in the glass, the 2016 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block features black cherries and berries, laurel, forest floor, tobacco, smoke, dried flowers and roasted meats—a very savory and sexy nose. The palate is light to medium-bodied and very silky, with waves of fruits, earth and savory notes, a grainy tannic frame and long, layered finish."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate May 2019 - 93 Points
“The 2016 Coastlands Vineyard Old First Block is marked by a lovely sense of creaminess that is quite unique in this range. There is plenty of the aromatic intensity that marks all of these wines, the but the Old Firs has a feeling of integration and balance that sets it apart. All the elements meld together effortlessly. Blood orange, raspberry and chalk add shades of nuance in a deep, ample Pinot Noir endowed with tremendous class and personality. The Old Firs is a mix of Martini and Wädenswil clones.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media May 2019 - 94 Points
"As its name suggests, this most definitely effuses in forest floor and grippy, supportive walls of firm tannin and oak. From a strong opening, it evolves slowly and with nuance around a light-bodied core of white pepper, effusive red fruit and blood orange, the latter helping to highlight the innate backbone of acidity."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine June 2019 - 93 Points