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Producer: Jeff Cohn Cellars, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

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2018 Jeff Cohn Cellars Zinfandel Orcio

Coming all from the Sweetwater Springs Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, the 2018 Zinfandel Orcio boasts a deep purple color as well as classic Zinfandel notes of spiced plums, mulled strawberries, flowers, licorice, and incense. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful purity of fruit as well as elegance on the palate, give this charming, elegant Zinfandel another year or two in bottle and enjoy through 2030.

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Coming all from the Sweetwater Springs Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, the 2018 Zinfandel Orcio boasts a deep purple color as well as classic Zinfandel notes of spiced plums, mulled strawberries, flowers, licorice, and incense. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful purity of fruit as well as elegance on the palate, give this charming, elegant Zinfandel another year or two in bottle and enjoy through 2030.

2018 Jeff Cohn Cellars The First Date

Based on 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Roussanne from vineyards throughout California, the 2018 The First Date is beautifully done, offering pure, precise notes of orange blossom, pineapple, honeysuckle, and white flowers. Rich and textured, yet elegant and finesse-driven as well as perfectly balanced, it shows the long, even 2018 growing season perfectly. It’s great today and I suspect will evolve nicely for 4-6 years.

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Based on 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Roussanne from vineyards throughout California, the 2018 The First Date is beautifully done, offering pure, precise notes of orange blossom, pineapple, honeysuckle, and white flowers. Rich and textured, yet elegant and finesse-driven as well as perfectly balanced, it shows the long, even 2018 growing season perfectly. It’s great today and I suspect will evolve nicely for 4-6 years.

2018 Jeff Cohn Cellars Viognier 2 Guys 2 Barrels

Starting with the 2018 Viognier 2 Guys 2 Barrels from Cohn, this always has a Condrieu-like vibe and offers lots of apricot, exotic stone fruits, orange blossom, and hints of toasted bread. It’s elegant, medium-bodied, and balanced, with both richness and freshness. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years.

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Starting with the 2018 Viognier 2 Guys 2 Barrels from Cohn, this always has a Condrieu-like vibe and offers lots of apricot, exotic stone fruits, orange blossom, and hints of toasted bread. It’s elegant, medium-bodied, and balanced, with both richness and freshness. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Zinfandel Rinaldi Vineyard

Coming from a single vineyard in Amador County, the 2017 Zinfandel Rinaldi Vineyard has a spicy, savory, medium-bodied style as well as notes of cedarwood, dried flowers, potpourri, and sweet strawberry and black berry fruits. Soft and supple on the palate, with an upfront style, it shows more tannins on the finish, which gives the wine plenty of length. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years.

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Coming from a single vineyard in Amador County, the 2017 Zinfandel Rinaldi Vineyard has a spicy, savory, medium-bodied style as well as notes of cedarwood, dried flowers, potpourri, and sweet strawberry and black berry fruits. Soft and supple on the palate, with an upfront style, it shows more tannins on the finish, which gives the wine plenty of length. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 5-7 years.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Zinfandel Sweetwater Springs Vineyard

I loved the nose on the 2017 Zinfandel Sweetwater Springs Vineyard, a classic Zinfandel loaded with blue fruits, flowery incense, white pepper, and cedary spice aromas and flavors. Playing in the medium to full-bodied, elegant end of the spectrum, it has a seamless texture, light tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish. It’s a gorgeous Zinfandel from this vintage to drink over the coming 7-8 years.

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I loved the nose on the 2017 Zinfandel Sweetwater Springs Vineyard, a classic Zinfandel loaded with blue fruits, flowery incense, white pepper, and cedary spice aromas and flavors. Playing in the medium to full-bodied, elegant end of the spectrum, it has a seamless texture, light tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish. It’s a gorgeous Zinfandel from this vintage to drink over the coming 7-8 years.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Zinfandel St. Peter’s Church Vineyard

Baked cherries, licorice, toasted spices, chocolate, and dried earth notes all emerge from the 2017 Zinfandel St. Peter’s Church Vineyard, and while it’s more savory and earthy on the nose, it has plenty of sweet fruit on the palate, solid mid-palate depth, and the tannic structure that’s common from Alexander Valley fruit. Give bottles another year or two to see if it develops more complexity, and it should evolve for 7-8 years or more.

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Baked cherries, licorice, toasted spices, chocolate, and dried earth notes all emerge from the 2017 Zinfandel St. Peter’s Church Vineyard, and while it’s more savory and earthy on the nose, it has plenty of sweet fruit on the palate, solid mid-palate depth, and the tannic structure that’s common from Alexander Valley fruit. Give bottles another year or two to see if it develops more complexity, and it should evolve for 7-8 years or more.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Zinfandel Iron Hill Vineyard

From a vineyard I’m not familiar with, the 2017 Zinfandel Iron Hill Vineyard has a big, boisterous bouquet of blueberries, candied orange peel, mint, and funky herbs. This carries to a medium-bodied Zinfandel that has a rounded, elegant texture, a solid spine of acidity, and ripe, sweet tannins that emerge on the finish. It’s another rich yet elegant wine that’s a joy to drink.

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From a vineyard I’m not familiar with, the 2017 Zinfandel Iron Hill Vineyard has a big, boisterous bouquet of blueberries, candied orange peel, mint, and funky herbs. This carries to a medium-bodied Zinfandel that has a rounded, elegant texture, a solid spine of acidity, and ripe, sweet tannins that emerge on the finish. It’s another rich yet elegant wine that’s a joy to drink.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Zinfandel Rossi Ranch Vineyard

From a great vineyard in Sonoma County, the 2017 Rossi Ranch Vineyard is another perfumed, complex wine from Cohn that has lots of spicy, floral, orange blossom and violet notes to go with a core of exotic blue fruits. Medium-bodied and incredibly polished on the palate, with great tannins and a seamless texture, this wine has loads of richness and depth, yet still just glides over the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness. This was a challenging vintage for Zinfandel, as it ripened at the same time as the heatwave, yet this is seriously impressive. Hats off to Mr. Cohn for a stunning wine.

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From a great vineyard in Sonoma County, the 2017 Rossi Ranch Vineyard is another perfumed, complex wine from Cohn that has lots of spicy, floral, orange blossom and violet notes to go with a core of exotic blue fruits. Medium-bodied and incredibly polished on the palate, with great tannins and a seamless texture, this wine has loads of richness and depth, yet still just glides over the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness. This was a challenging vintage for Zinfandel, as it ripened at the same time as the heatwave, yet this is seriously impressive. Hats off to Mr. Cohn for a stunning wine.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Grenache El Diablo

Also from the Russian River, the 2017 Grenache El Diablo is cut from the same mold as the Zinfandels and has a beautiful, spicy, floral, and incense-driven bouquet as well as lots of exotic red, black, and blue fruits, medium body, ripe, present tannins, and a rich yet also weightless texture that makes it a joy to drink. It’s going to continue drinking brilliantly for 8-10 years.

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Also from the Russian River, the 2017 Grenache El Diablo is cut from the same mold as the Zinfandels and has a beautiful, spicy, floral, and incense-driven bouquet as well as lots of exotic red, black, and blue fruits, medium body, ripe, present tannins, and a rich yet also weightless texture that makes it a joy to drink. It’s going to continue drinking brilliantly for 8-10 years.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Petite Sirah Sweetwater Springs Vineyard

One of the riper, sexier, and more seamless wines in the lineup, the 2017 Petite Sirah Sweetwater Springs Vineyard has a dense core of blue and black fruit as well as plenty of scorched earth, graphite, and violet aromatics. With medium to full body, rock-solid balance, and the more focused, straight style of the vintage, drink it over the coming decade.

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One of the riper, sexier, and more seamless wines in the lineup, the 2017 Petite Sirah Sweetwater Springs Vineyard has a dense core of blue and black fruit as well as plenty of scorched earth, graphite, and violet aromatics. With medium to full body, rock-solid balance, and the more focused, straight style of the vintage, drink it over the coming decade.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Syrah Buffalo Hill Rockpile Vineyard

What could be thought of as the flagship Syrah, the 2017 Buffalo Hill comes from the Rockpile Vineyard (which is in the Rockpile AVA of Sonoma) and was brought up in new barrels. It’s unquestionably the biggest, richest effort in the lineup yet still has an Old World sensibility in its texture, acidity, and structure. Killer notes of blackberries, crème de cassis, smoked earth, chocolate, lavender, and ground pepper all flow to a full-bodied, powerful, straight-up stacked Syrah that has a wealth of raw material, perfect balance, and a great, great finish. It should age effortlessly for 10-15 years or more.

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What could be thought of as the flagship Syrah, the 2017 Buffalo Hill comes from the Rockpile Vineyard (which is in the Rockpile AVA of Sonoma) and was brought up in new barrels. It’s unquestionably the biggest, richest effort in the lineup yet still has an Old World sensibility in its texture, acidity, and structure. Killer notes of blackberries, crème de cassis, smoked earth, chocolate, lavender, and ground pepper all flow to a full-bodied, powerful, straight-up stacked Syrah that has a wealth of raw material, perfect balance, and a great, great finish. It should age effortlessly for 10-15 years or more.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Syrah Domaine Des Chirats

Coming from a collaboration between Jeff Cohn and Yves Cuilleron, the 2017 Syrah Domaine Des Chirats is wound up and tight yet has wonderful purity in its blackberry fruits as well as notes of ground pepper, candied violets, bouquet garni, bay leaf, and gamey notes. Possessing a killer mix of ripe, sexy fruit and classic, Old World Syrah wildness, it’s full-bodied and flawlessly balance, with ample tannins and a great finish. Hide bottles for 3-4 years if you can.

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Coming from a collaboration between Jeff Cohn and Yves Cuilleron, the 2017 Syrah Domaine Des Chirats is wound up and tight yet has wonderful purity in its blackberry fruits as well as notes of ground pepper, candied violets, bouquet garni, bay leaf, and gamey notes. Possessing a killer mix of ripe, sexy fruit and classic, Old World Syrah wildness, it’s full-bodied and flawlessly balance, with ample tannins and a great finish. Hide bottles for 3-4 years if you can.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Syrah So Serine

Coming from the Rockpile Vineyard in Sonoma, the 2017 Syrah So Serine is a primordial 2017 that sports a ruby/purple hue to go with awesome notes of blue fruits, smoked meat, graphite, violets, and a crushed rock-like sense of minerality. Beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, and flawlessly balanced, it’s another magical wine from Cohn that’s going to benefit from at least 2-3 years of bottle age and evolve for 10-15 years or more. Unfortunately, there’s a single barrel (25 cases) produced.

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Coming from the Rockpile Vineyard in Sonoma, the 2017 Syrah So Serine is a primordial 2017 that sports a ruby/purple hue to go with awesome notes of blue fruits, smoked meat, graphite, violets, and a crushed rock-like sense of minerality. Beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, and flawlessly balanced, it’s another magical wine from Cohn that’s going to benefit from at least 2-3 years of bottle age and evolve for 10-15 years or more. Unfortunately, there’s a single barrel (25 cases) produced.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Syrah Zio Tony Ranch

Lots of violets, flowery incense, blueberries, and peppery herbs emerge from the 2017 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch, a ripe, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Syrah that shines in the vintage. From a vineyard in the Russian River Valley, it has terrific purity of fruit, a solid mid-palate, and building, ripe tannins. Give it a few years.

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Lots of violets, flowery incense, blueberries, and peppery herbs emerge from the 2017 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch, a ripe, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Syrah that shines in the vintage. From a vineyard in the Russian River Valley, it has terrific purity of fruit, a solid mid-palate, and building, ripe tannins. Give it a few years.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Syrah Rockpile Vineyard Haley

The 2017 Syrah Rockpile Vineyard is another huge success in the vintage. From a great site in the Rockpile AVA of Sonoma County, its deep purple color is followed by a great bouquet of blueberries, iron, crushed rocks, ground pepper, and hints of smoked game. Structured and tannic on the palate, it reminds me of a young Cornas and needs 4-5 years of bottle age. It’s seriously impressive, though, and should have 15 years of overall longevity.

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The 2017 Syrah Rockpile Vineyard is another huge success in the vintage. From a great site in the Rockpile AVA of Sonoma County, its deep purple color is followed by a great bouquet of blueberries, iron, crushed rocks, ground pepper, and hints of smoked game. Structured and tannic on the palate, it reminds me of a young Cornas and needs 4-5 years of bottle age. It’s seriously impressive, though, and should have 15 years of overall longevity.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Syrah Silver Eagle Vineyard

Coming from the Russian River Valley, the 2017 Syrah Silver Eagle Vineyard is terrific, showing lots of plum and blackberry fruits, notes of peppery herbs, game, violets, and scorched earth, full-bodied richness, and ripe, present tannins. It needs a year to integrate some tannins but has the palate to evolve for 10-12 years.

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Coming from the Russian River Valley, the 2017 Syrah Silver Eagle Vineyard is terrific, showing lots of plum and blackberry fruits, notes of peppery herbs, game, violets, and scorched earth, full-bodied richness, and ripe, present tannins. It needs a year to integrate some tannins but has the palate to evolve for 10-12 years.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Pure Yum

Also all from Sonoma County, the 2017 Pure Yum checks in as 67% Syrah and 33% Grenache that has Cotes du Rhône-like style in its peppery dark fruits, garrigue, and underbrush-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied and focused, with present yet ripe tannins, it’s a fruit-loaded yet structured, balanced wine from Cohn to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years or so.

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Also all from Sonoma County, the 2017 Pure Yum checks in as 67% Syrah and 33% Grenache that has Cotes du Rhône-like style in its peppery dark fruits, garrigue, and underbrush-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied and focused, with present yet ripe tannins, it’s a fruit-loaded yet structured, balanced wine from Cohn to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years or so.

2017 Jeff Cohn Cellars Smoke & Mirrors

Coming all from Sonoma County, the 2017 Smoke & Mirrors is always a good value, and this vintage is no exception. Lots of bright blueberry and plummy fruits give way to a medium-bodied, nicely textured wine that has plenty of peppery herbs and incense aromatics, good acidity, and a clean, lengthy finish. It doesn’t match the 2016, but it’s an outstanding, pleasure-bent effort that will evolve nicely for 7-8 years.

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Coming all from Sonoma County, the 2017 Smoke & Mirrors is always a good value, and this vintage is no exception. Lots of bright blueberry and plummy fruits give way to a medium-bodied, nicely textured wine that has plenty of peppery herbs and incense aromatics, good acidity, and a clean, lengthy finish. It doesn’t match the 2016, but it’s an outstanding, pleasure-bent effort that will evolve nicely for 7-8 years.