Food & Wine contributor Brian Freedman’s latest story touches on the devastation the coronavirus pandemic is causing on the hospitality industry, and how it is still possible to support local wineries by stocking up on bottles to enjoy at home. He hones in on wines from the Sonoma Coast, explaining that while the the region is one of the most important Pinot Noir sources in the country – it would be impossible to categorize the wines with any one consistent style as there are so many sub-AVAs within it. He offers 29 selections of wines to consider purchasing and hunkering down with at home, including the 2017 Cobb Docs Ranch Vineyard – Swan and Calera Selection Pinot Noir, and the 2016 Gary Farrell Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir. Read his descriptions and the rest of his recommendations HERE
Russian River Valley, California
For over 37 years, Gary Farrell Winery has crafted small-lot artisan wines capturing balance and stylistic elegance from some of the finest vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. In 1985, Winemaker Gary Farrell released his 55 cases of 1982 Rochioli-Allen Pinot Noir to widespread critical acclaim. Since that release, the team at Gary Farrell Winery has consistently focused on rigorous vineyard selection, outstanding grower relationships, and superior quality fruit. For the past 8 years, the current owners have been dedicated to enhancing Gary Farrell’s legacy with a single-minded focus on quality.
Sonoma Coast, California
In 1989, David Cobb planted the Coastlands vineyard that became well known through wines made by Hirsch and Williams Selyem. Though the original plan for Coastlands was simply to sell grapes to a few artisan vintners, David's son Ross had a different vision for the exceptional fruit. In 2001, Ross crafted 130 cases of Cobb Wines’ inaugural Coastlands Vineyard pinot noir. Since then, Ross has taken the helm and Cobb Wines has evolved to include four other hand-tended, independently owned vineyards on the Sonoma Coast. Though these vineyards share certain essential Sonoma Coast characteristics, they each have individual soil types, subtly different microclimates, and unique combinations of pinot noir selections. Ross's wines have become heralded the country over as benchmarks for elegance and nuance from the Sonoma Coast.