Despite only being six miles from the Pacific, Rice-Spivak is still the most inland of the vineyards Cobb works with. Even so, it’s a very cool site. The 2018 growing season has yielded the finest vintage of Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir ever made. While Rice-Spivak’s Dijon and Swan Pinot Noir plantings, northern exposure, and unique volcanic ash-laden soils always produce a complex, aromatic wine with excellent acidity and earthiness, the 2018 has a level of depth and concentration that is remarkable. It also possesses more black fruit and spice layers than we traditionally see from this vineyard, all at a low alcohol level.
Cobb 2018 Pinot Noir “Rice Spivak” Sonoma Coast
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On impact this wine will surprise you as dark aromas of layered cherries jump out of the glass. The wine is full in body, yet extremely elegant (not delicate). About 1/3 of the wine is whole cluster press and it shows in the flavors on the mid-palate. Gorgeous color and flavors from start to finish. This wine offers stunning black cherry and plum flavors with some savory spiciness on the palate. The tannins are there but not aggressive at all finishing with a silky, strawberry tartness that is very pleasant and appealing. Only 225 cases were produced and I was allocated a mere 6 of them, so HURRY!
Robert Parker 96 Points: The 2018 Pinot Noir Rice Spivak Vineyard is pure and expressive this vintage, with layered scents of red cherries, orange peel, saline and earth. The palate is soft, fresh and super spicy, its charming, juicy red berry fruits calling you in again and again for another sip. It’s a detailed supple version of this cuvée with immediate drinking appeal.
Winery Notes: “Rice-Spivak has a great history with our brand. We first began working with the property back in 2003, just three years after it was planted. We went on to single vineyard designate the property in 2006 and haven’t missed a vintage since. Rice-Spivak is located just west of Hwy 116 in the Sebastopol hills. Though it is the easternmost vineyard we work with, it is often picked at the same time as Coastlands due to its relatively low elevation and the pooling effect of the cool coastal winds. I love how Rice-Spivak always holds a lovely amount of available fruit on the palate that works nicely with a strong core of minerality and bright acidity.
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