VOLUME 9, ISSUE 46
August 25, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Charles Heintz Vineyards: Getting to Know Winegrower Charlie Heintz and the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from His Very Special Vineyard Lucienne: Very Special Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands Formaglini Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted Wines A New Wave of Outstanding Print Wine Magazines Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Estates
Cosa Obra Wines
Sometimes a pleasant surprise shows up unannounced in my wine locker. This was the case with Cosa Obra Pinot Noir, from a producer I had not known about.
The name Cosa (“thing”) Obra “a hand-crafted body of work”) refers to the winery’s thing, what they do, their hand-crafted body of work. Owner Gregory Hayes has over two decades of experience in the wine industry who has chosen to produce small amounts of exceptional wines from unique terroirs.
The consulting winemaker is Kent Humphrey (Eric Kent Wines). The winery offers a Pinot Noir sourced from the best blocks of vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Bennett Valley regions.
A Proprietary Red Blend and a Sauvignon Blanc are also offered.
The wines are sold through a mailing list and the winery's online store.
Articles About Cosa Obra Wines
2012 Cosa Obra Sonoma County Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.53, 294 cases, $27. After rigorous hand sorting, 100% de-stemmed with whole berries to tank. A 5 to 7-day cold soak was followed by fermentation managed with a combination of delestage and pumpovers. Extended maceration ranged from 3 to 4 weeks. Aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of Bing cherries, raspberry coulis and spice. The nose is literally intoxicating and persistent in volume even when sampled later in the day from a previously opened bottle. Bright, refreshing and light on its feet, with a delicious core of light to mid weight Bing cherry fruit accented with notes of tobacco, mocha, sassafras and sweet oak. The combination of balance and a light touch is hard to resist in Pinot. Score: 94. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
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