Lawrence “Buck” Cobb was a fighter pilot in the Korean War and later a nuclear engineer at Lawrence Laboratory in Livermore. He clearly has a talent for details and takes an extremely methodical approach to his grape growing and wine production.
Cobb grows many of his own grapes, but also sources fruit from Sadie Upton Vineyard. These Zinfandel vines were planted in 1922. Karly makes several Zinfandels each year from different properties. The Warrior Fires Zin is produced from 50 year old vines and has over 15% alcohol. But it has enough fruit for balance and doesn’t taste hot. Cobb is a master at walking this fine line.
The winery is also gaining momentum with several Rhone varietals. Cobb’s Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne are particularly noteworthy. He also makes excellent Petite Sirah and Barbera.