Wine & Spirits
Pinot Noir, Coastlands Vineyard
2017 – 93 points
“Katy Wilson makes this wine from Ross Cobb’s family’s vineyard in Occidental, a hillside facing west to the Pacific. The fruit tones are as brisk and cool as you might expect from a wine grown four miles from the sea: This starts out with zesty flavors of ruby-red grapefruit and the pink blush of peach skin, then it explodes with a blast of spice, lingering on herbal notes of sage and thyme. There’s red fruit flavor in the tannins, but it is recessed for now, the wine needing a few years in bottle to reach peak expression.” — Joshua Greene
Pinot Noir, Emmaline Ann Vineyard
2014 – 91 points
“This comes from a small vineyard planted on a forested hillside near Sebastopol, and it feels like a coastal wine, with a green edge to its high- toned red fruit that suggests sumac and rhubarb. Maybe because the fruit is so high toned, the oak feels a bit prominent at first, gripping and cedar scented, but the vineyard’s refreshing herb and flower aromas win out in the end.” — Luke Sykora.