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Cobb Vonarburg Vineyard Riesling 2016

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During my quarter-century of winemaking, I have been fortunate to learn about Riesling from some very talented winemakers from Germany, Austria, Italy and New Zealand. While Pinot Noir is my first love, my fascination with Riesling has only grown over the years. Like Pinot Noir, great Rieslings seem to channel the essence of their vineyards with a beauty and precision that can be stirring. So last year, when my longtime friend Norm Kobler asked if I wanted to make a Riesling from his family’s famed Vonarburg Vineyard in the cool “deep end” of the Anderson Valley, I jumped at the chance. Norm’s parents were pioneers in the Anderson Valley, founding Lazy Creek Vineyards in 1972. Their 45 years of growing Riesling, Gewurztraminer and other varieties helped to build Mendocino’s reputation for producing North America’s most exceptional aromatic white grapes. One of the coolest vineyards in the valley, Vonarburg is lovingly farmed by Norm, and owned by his mom, Theresia. Tasting Notes Winemaker's notes: We picked the grapes for this wine at 22.5° Brix with 35% intentional botrytis. The result is a dry, Trocken-style Riesling where the residual sugar is more of a flowing textural element than a perceptible taste. Fermented cool in stainless steel, it is also the kind of beautifully structured, mineral-driven Riesling that will age gracefully for decades. We made just 120 cases of this dazzling wine, which comes in at a lithe and lively 12.8% alcohol. As someone who appreciates my style of Pinot Noir, I think you will love this wine. From its enticing aromas of white flowers, orange blossom and lemon zest to its crisp citrus entry and terroir-inspired notes of granite and wet slate, this is the kind of sophisticated and age-worthy dry Riesling I’ve always aspired to make.

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  • 2016

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Winery: Cobb
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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Cobb Wines was established in 2001 by Ross and Stephen Cobb and their parents David and Diane to produce exceptional and classic pinot noir wines that reflect the climate and soils of our coastal Sonoma County vineyards in Northern California.

During my quarter-century of winemaking, I have been fortunate to learn about Riesling from some very talented winemakers from Germany, Austria, Italy and New Zealand. While Pinot Noir is my first love, my fascination with Riesling has only grown over the years. Like Pinot Noir, great Rieslings seem to channel the essence of their vineyards with a beauty and precision that can be stirring. So last year, when my longtime friend Norm Kobler asked if I wanted to make a Riesling from his family’s famed Vonarburg Vineyard in the cool “deep end” of the Anderson Valley, I jumped at the chance. Norm’s parents were pioneers in the Anderson Valley, founding Lazy Creek Vineyards in 1972. Their 45 years of growing Riesling, Gewurztraminer and other varieties helped to build Mendocino’s reputation for producing North America’s most exceptional aromatic white grapes. One of the coolest vineyards in the valley, Vonarburg is lovingly farmed by Norm, and owned by his mom, Theresia. Tasting Notes Winemaker's notes: We picked the grapes for this wine at 22.5° Brix with 35% intentional botrytis. The result is a dry, Trocken-style Riesling where the residual sugar is more of a flowing textural element than a perceptible taste. Fermented cool in stainless steel, it is also the kind of beautifully structured, mineral-driven Riesling that will age gracefully for decades. We made just 120 cases of this dazzling wine, which comes in at a lithe and lively 12.8% alcohol. As someone who appreciates my style of Pinot Noir, I think you will love this wine. From its enticing aromas of white flowers, orange blossom and lemon zest to its crisp citrus entry and terroir-inspired notes of granite and wet slate, this is the kind of sophisticated and age-worthy dry Riesling I’ve always aspired to make.

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