Limited edition Karly wines headline tonight's tasting

By Staff
Feb. 27, 2002
Several weeks ago we wrote a column about the little Karly winery in California that produces stunning red zinfandels. We had the opportunity to spend some time with the winemaker, Garth Cobb, son of the winery's founder, on his recent trip to Meridian. Those conversations produced too much material for a single column so we did the initial one and promised a second later. This is later.
Karly is a small California family winery in Plymouth, California that produces only 12,000 cases of wine per year, a drop in the glass compared with the big producers of the wine industry. Their wines are being featured at tonight's red zinfandel tasting. At least one of them, the 2,000 case limited edition Warrior Fires, has become a major local success. Tonight we feature it, but also their Sadie Upton variety, a wine with such tiny production that only 500 cases per year are produced on a vineyard of only two acres.
Like many other successful businesses, Karly Winery began as a hobby by the father Buck Cobb, a retired nuclear engineer.. The brand is named after Buck's wife and Garth's mother, Karly. Buck did name one of the wines after himself. He calls it Buck's 10 Point. Another comes from their vineyard named Pokerville and it, like the others, is outstanding.
Buck starting making wines in the family garage during the 1977 vintage.
For the next 17 years the winery just grew until it reached its present still small size. But Karly will never be any bigger than it is today.
The answer was no. Neither one wanted to do that.
There are other issues that prohibit expanding the winery, even if they wanted to, which they do not. Cobb is very honest about that.
He acknowledges the ever increasing popularity of red zinfandels.
Karly wines have very limited distribution. They sell well in northern Nevada and Northern California but not in the southern portions of those states. They sell extremely well in Mississippi. Five percent of the limited production of Sadie Upton came to this state. Of course, that's only 25 cases for all of Mississippi. Most package stores have them and a number of restaurants.
You can also find Karly wines in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland but that's about it.
We still have a few spaces available for tonight's tasting. We will taste seven wines, four of them by Karly. It starts at 6:30 p.m., is held at Northwood Country Club, and you do not have to be a member of the club to attend. The fee is $25 and if you'd like to try these remarkable wines, just come to the tasting and pay at the door. Dress is casual.

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