"The Rice-Spivak vineyard, owned by Russell Rice, is a six acre vineyard located in the Sonoma Coast AVA. There is an usually large amount of volcanic ash in the vineyard soils. The 2016 ‘Rice-Spivak Vineyard’ Pinot Noir is a stunning wine that takes on very pretty aromatics with ripe plum, red cherry compote, cran-pomegranate and white truffle oil. The aromatic range is wonderful and takes you back to the glass for more enjoyment. The minerality and weight of the wine is truly outstanding, as is the strong salinity and lip-smacking acidity. Cran-pomegranate, blood orange zest, volcanic earth and peat moss flavors all show some insane range. While this is drinking marvelously right now, the wine will have an exceedingly long life in the cellar."
Washington Wine Blog, Dr. Owen Bargreen - 95 Points
“Ross Cobb makes this wine from a vineyard south of Sebastopol, a cool site that ripened to a black intensity in 2016. There are fresh notes of herbs and some stemmy greenness adding pungency in the background, while the foreground is gentle, round and ripe. This needs a year in bottle for those elements to integrate, and will likely benefit from longer aging.”
Wine & Spirits Magazine April 2019, Year's Best Pinot Noir - 90 Points
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Rice-Spivak Vineyard is pale ruby in the glass and has a pretty nose of violet and lilac with pipe tobacco, pink peppercorn, charcuterie and savory herbs plus a hint of bay leaf. The palate is light to medium-bodied, smooth and silky on entry, then evolving with savory character and firm structuring tannins, finishing very long and layered."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate May 2019 - 93+ Points
“The 2016 Rice-Spivak Vineyard is laced with black cherry, lavender, mint, spice, dried flowers and licorice. Pliant and expressive, with terrific nuance, the 2016 is absolutely gorgeous. The purity of the flavors is striking. At present, the aromatics are not quite as open as they could be, but I imagine all the 2016 is needs is time to be at its very best. The Rice-Spivak Pinot is another highlight in this range of captivating wines from Ross Cobb."
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media May 2019 - 94 Points
"This is a beautifully made wine, fully able to capture the beauty of coastal influence in a great vintage. Spicy and floral, with a delicate entry, this has nuanced and entangled elements of wild raspberry, lavender, Asian spice and foraged mushroom. A stemmy earthy undercurrent adds energy and continued freshness on the long-lasting finish of forest."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine June 2019 - 95 Points