Buck Cobb Vineyard, Amador County
It only seemed fitting to acquire a new estate in the Motherland of Zinfandel: Gold Rush Country. Amador County was the landing spot for the aspiring miners during the Gold Rush in 1800s. Nowadays, we harvest a different kind of "gold" from these hills - the sweet juice from the vines miners brought with them and planted.
Planted at 1,500 feet on the volcanic, granitic hillside near our new property in Amador, the Cobb Vineyard Zinfandel is an homage to Buck Cobb, owner of the vineyard and from whom we purchased the Karly property. The rocky conditions and more extreme weather (including snow!) in this dry-farmed vineyard make for a hearty, robust Zinfandel.
- Year Planted: Original in 1970s, majority of current vineyard planted in late 1990s
- Varieties Grown: 16 acres to Zinfandel. 1-2 acres each to: Vermentino, Primitivo, Alicante Bouchet, Petite Syrah, Mataro, and Barbera
- Wines Produced: Zinfandel, Vermentino (White Coat), and Juvenile contribution
- Vineyard Size: 25 acres
- Organic: Yes
- Farming Method: Dry farmed and head-trained
- Primary Soil Profile: Mainly Granitic with volcanic soil - Ahwahnee Rocky Loam and Sierra Coarse Sandy Loam
- Elevation: 1,500 ft.
- AVA: Amador County, Shenandoah Valley
- First Turley Vintage: 2012
2016 Zinfandel Tasting Notes:
This most recent iteration of the ‘Buck’ Cobb vineyard is a beautiful example of how well an Amador vineyard can evolve with the right farming techniques, attention, and care. The nose is richly enticing, with notes of dark fruits, cola, and a soft, savory smokiness as well. The palate shows some extra oomph, thanks to the structured fine-grained granitic tannins and a pleasant weightiness. We recommend decanting.
A little history...
Distinctive Characters, Wines, and More:
Classic Amador County shines through the glass in the Cobb Vineyard Zinfandel. As mentioned in the wine notes above, the dark fruits, cola, and savory smokiness seem to impart a craving for BBQ, yet the granitic tannins emulate finesse.