Harvest started earlier this year. The fruit came in more elegant and spicy with lower-than-normal alcohol levels than in previous vintages. The Syrah and Grenache we harvested was not ready before the early storm but their thicker skins withstood the rains. Across the board, yields were down about 30%, but the quality came though with a classic Northern Rhone styled red wine.
The fruit was sourced from many of the best blocks of Syrah and Grenache from Ray Teldeschi Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, and Atoosa’s Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Yields were maintained at lower levels for increased quality, ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 tons/acre.
Grapes were picked in the darkness of the early morning hours, and immediately subjected to rigorous hand sorting and refinement process. The whole berries were gently delivered to tank. Cold soaks lasted five to seven days, and fermentations were managed via a combination of delestage and pumpovers. Extended maceration ranging from three to four weeks fine-tuned tannin profiles, allowing perfect mouth feel and wine complexity. The wine was aged 20 months in 100% French oak, 35% of which was new.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
The 2011 Cosa Obra Proprietary Red offers a heady nose of blackberry, blueberry, black pepper and a hint of earth, reminiscent of Northern Rhône. Impressively rich yet balanced and structured, this wine showcases intense dark and red fruit with a long finish of berries and spice.
Appellation: Sonoma County
Vineyards: 66% Ray Teldeschi (Dry Creek), 33% Atoosa’s Vineyard (Russian River Valley)
Varietal Composition: 90% Syrah, 10% Grenache
Aging: 20 Months in 100% French Oak, 35% New
pH: 3.79 TA: 5.9 g/L
Bottled: Summer 2013
Production: 152 cases
The name Cosa Obra is comprised of two words,
COSA meaning "our thing" and OBRA "a hand-crafted body of work".
This is our thing, our hand-crafted body of work.
Owner Gregory Hayes, and Consulting Winemaker Kent Humphrey came together to form a team with over two decades of experience in the wine industry and a passion for unique and outstanding wines. Their winemaking goal was simple; make a small amount of the best possible wine from carefully selected artisan vineyards around Sonoma County. Through these efforts Cosa Obra currently produces wines, sourced from small growers in the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Bennett Valley.
Learn more at www.cosaobra.com.