JC Cellars Oakland
Jeff Cohn was the Vice-President of production at the increasingly sizeable ROSENBLUM CELLARS. He now continues only in a consultancy role as his time is increasingly taken up producing some exceptional Syrah reds under his own JC Cellars label. The wines were originally made at the Rosenblum facility but he has recently moved to a separate nearby location in Oakland. The Syrahs are among California’s most striking examples. They range in style from elegant and subtle to rich and very concentrated. Some cuvées result in just 200 cases or so. Vinification is carried out in very small lots and the vats are individually hand punched between four and five times daily during fermentation. Ageing is in French oak for around a year and a half (varying up to 100% new). The Rockpile Vineyard Haley’s Reserve is from a newly established AVA of the same name and is rich, structured and very mineral in character. Zinfandel is also important and there are releases from a number of vineyards. The Imposter and Smoke and Mirrors wines are Zinfandel and mostly Rhône variety blends. Broken Compass is solely a Rhône blend but dominated by Carignane whereas Misc Stuff is dominated by Grenache. A varietal Grenache, The Fallen Angel comes from the El Diablo Vineyard in the Russian River, a Mourvèdre, Twist of Fate is mainly from Paso Robles fruit. The red range is completed by a Cabernet from the Stagecoach Vineyard in Atlas Peak and a Pinot Noir from the Lancel Creek Vineyard in the Russian River. First Date is a lightly nutty, floral Rhône style blend of Roussanne and Marsanne from a mix of Paso Robles and Atlas Peak sources. It is part barrel fermented in French oak. There are also a couple of Viogniers, one a late harvested example and a rosé from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The top reds are very ageworthy. (DM)
❁ JC Cellars Oakland www.jccellars.com
Jeff Cohn 3000 Washington Street, Alameda, CA 94501
Tel: 805 714-9966
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