“To get to Coastlands Vineyard in Occidental, California, you must traverse a series of tiny, twisty roads through shrouded redwood groves and bumpy cattle grates. There’s simply no shortcut to a site that sits more than 1,000 feet above sea level four miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The Pinot Noir growing there, at one of the coolest vineyards in the state, wouldn’t have it any other way. Planted in 1989, this benchmark site of the West Sonoma Coast provides grapes to Cobb Wines....” - Virginie BooneRead more about the review...
Prince of Pinot, The Pinot Files
“The wines reviewed here continue the pattern of excellence from Ross Cobb’s Sonoma Coast offerings. Picked relatively early, using an appropriate amount of whole clusters, and employing a lengthy elevate, the wines are highly aromatic and have an appealing elegance and complexity that makes for a distinguishable “COBB style.”.” - William "Rusty" GaffneyRead more about the review...
Wine & Spirits
Top 100 Wineries of 2015 Cobb Wines
“Ross Cobb’s pinot noir from his family’s Coastlands Vineyard are thrilling evocations of the west Sonoma coast: pure, tensile, complex wines that feel zesty and energetic.” - Luke SykoraRead more...
Wine Review Online
My favorite West Coast Pinots
“What attracted me to Extreme Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs is their subtlety, delicacy, and structure. Most have rather high acidity with relatively low alcohol....Cobb Wines is my favorite winery on the Extreme Sonoma Coast. Ross Cobb produces Pinot Noirs almost exclusively, from five vineyards, one of which the family owns. ” - Ed McCarthyRead more...
“These wines, as every taste of Cobb's wines I have had, excite me greatly. They have a vibrant energy that is positively electrifying, and perhaps the most complimentary thing I can say about that is that they all but demand to be drunk. If you are interested in wines that represent the fringes of what is possible in California Pinot Noir, I cannot recommend them highly enough.” - Alder YarrowRead more...
“Cobb, 2013 Jack Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, ★★★★: This is a lovely pinot with a range of flavors — black cherry, mineral, and black pepper. It’s a touch earthy and it works. Lingering finish. Top rate..” - Peg Melnik
“Cobb has quickly established itself as one of the best Pinot Noir producers in California. These are very distinctive wines, with subtle, refined character.” - Ronn Wiegand
New York Times
“Ross Cobb of Cobb Wines makes excellent pinot noirs that are delightful lightly chilled, particularly those from the Emmaline and Coastlands vineyards.” - Eric Asimov
Maximum Flavor, Minimum Alcohol
“Cobb’s Pinots are a model of restraint and poise, generally around 13% in alcohol. What the likes of Kutch and Cobb are doing is demonstrating that even in the coolest coastal vineyards, it is possible to make Pinots of remarkable finesse and staying power. These producers are upending the long-held assumption that California is simply too warm to make world-class Pinot.” - Stephen Brook
Wall Street Journal
The Rock Stars of Pinot Noir
“Sonoma wineries producing great Pinots include… Cobb Wines.” - Jay McInerney
Food & Wine
“For Pinot Noir fanatics, winemaker Ross Cobb is making some of the best Sonoma Coast Pinot I came across all year… they're truly impressive wines.” - Ray Isle