Jc Cellars Haley Rockpile Vineyard Syrah 2008
"As much as we like the depth and wonderfully rich fruit evinced by JC Cellars' Syrahs, we are even more impressed by the fact that their winemaker manages to go right to the brink without going too far and somehow achieves exceptionally fine balance in wines of such high ripeness. This very rich wine is just such a case, and it exhibits a wealth of very deep, fully ripened blackberry fruit played against a full measure of oak and subtle touches of pepper and stones. It comes with an uncanny sense of brightness amidst its riper themes, and its careful blending of firm acid and fine-grained tannins ensures six to eight years of very positive growth." 94 points Connoisseurs Guide to Wine (03/11) WINERY: "When Jeff Cohn was the winemaker at Rosenblum Cellars, annually he crafted more than 70 different wines. Today, at his Oakland-based warehouse winery, the irrepressible vintner now limits himself to a mere 21 bottlings, focusing on Rhone varietals. Cohn's longtime relationships with some of California's top growers and vineyards enable him to source some of the state's finest fruit, including Rockpile in Sonoma County, Fess Parker in Santa Barbara County and Stagecoach in Napa." "Jeff Cohn, the winemaker, president, and "JC" of JC Cellars got his start in the industry almost 20 years ago. As an intern at Boordy Vineyards in Maryland, he drove an hour and half each way to prune vines in frigid weather, pick grapes in stifling heat, and scrub everything from barrels to floors. Cohn had always loved the hospitality industry, and as he worked through several high profile positions after college he found his passion for wine steadily growing. The more he learned, the more he wanted to learn, until he realized that becoming a winemaker was his ultimate goal...With the encouragement and support of his family, Cohn moved to California in 1993 to follow his dream. He earned his master’s degree in agriculture chemistry, with an emphasis on enology, from California State University, Fresno in 1996. It was here that Cohn discovered French winemaking techniques and the concept of terroir." "Upon graduation, Cohn joined Rosenblum Cellars as an enologist. He rapidly moved beyond lab work and soon found himself in charge of the entire white wine program. In 2000, Cohn was officially promoted to winemaker, and in 2004 was named vice president of winemaking and production at Rosenblum...He began his own label, JC Cellars, in 1996. JC's first vintage was the 1996 Rhodes Vineyard Zinfandel. 75 cases were made. Over time, case production at JC slowly increased from that small, intimate introduction to over 5,000 cases annually." -Winery VINEYARDS: "Jeff Cohn's winemaking philosophy begins with sourcing prime fruit from exceptional vineyards. After more than 15 years in the industry, Cohn's experience working with some of California's top vineyards, including Rockpile Vineyard in the hills of Sonoma County, Fess Parker Vineyard in Santa Barbara County and Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley, allows him to source only the finest fruit for JC Cellars. He prefers vineyards with steep rocky terrain, which produce distinctive fruit, resulting in wines with immense concentration and complexity." -Winery This is also rated 88 points by the Wine Spectator.
Welcome to JC Cellars, producers of hand-crafted single vineyard wines specializing in Syrah, Petite Syrah, Viognier, and Zinfandel. Renown for Rhône style wines, and hailed as one of the masters of zinfandel, JC Cellars founder and winemaker Jeff Cohn marries his passion for classic French style winemaking with a spirited Californian sense of innovation to craft elegant wines that showcase terroir.
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