The Western Sonoma Coast sits on a fault line and is consistently bathed in fog and Pacific winds, creating seasons where grapes struggle to ripen. Wines from the region tend toward mineral tastes with lower alcohol concentration, creating top wines such as the 2010 Cobb Pinot Noir from Diane Cobb Coastlands Vineyard. "With our cool climate you retain acidity and don't accumulate as much sugar and you get phenolic development at the same time," said regional grape grower Andy Peay.

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