JC Cellars The First Date 2007

Rhone White Blends from Central Coast, California

$28.00 $17.99
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Item No. 108381
  • white wine
  • boutique wine
  • WS92
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Winemaker's Notes

In 2007, we explored fermenting a little warmer while keeping the fermenting juice in the cold room for longer periods of time to lengthen the fermentation. Then, we let it warm up at the end of fermentation to about 68-70 degrees. A little risky, but you just wait. This almost sounds like an interesting and tantalizing romance. Trust me: this will be a first date you will never forget.

When I first started making this wine it was my quest to make a St. Joseph style white wine, but then it took on a different path. Sure, it was 75% Roussanne and 25% Marsanne, but this wine became more about being The First Date and not a replica of a St. Joseph. It became the understanding that "yes", we can take these varietals to new heights, explore their different flavor and aromatic profiles. Let the vineyard talk, spend time listening to it. Converse back with it. This communication has been the key. This is what a first date is all about.

Both Northern Rhône varietals, Roussanne adds great perfume and a certain delicacy, a touch of Marsanne yields added richness and body to the wine. The wine represents fruit harvested in the peak of ripeness, displaying honey & spiced peach cobbler, full-bodied and backed up with a core of minerality and acidity which allows it to pair nicely with richer foods.

75% Roussanne / 25% Marsanne

Critical Acclaim

"A rich, lush texture and a full body are the base for this fantastic wine. Like a fresh apple pie, with ripe flavors, spicy notes and a buttery crust. Tropical flavors give this extra dimension. Roussanne and Marsanne. Drink now. 213 cases made."
92 Points

Learn About JC Cellars Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone White Blends

White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...

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