B.R. Cohn Carneros Chardonnay 2005
B.R. Cohn Winery is a 90-acre estate nestled between the Mayacamas Mountain Range and Sonoma Mountain in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Founded by Bruce Cohn, who previously was a rock and roll manager, B.R. Cohn has been hand-crafting wines and rocking out since 1984. With 61-acre Olive Hill Estate Vineyard that benefits from a unique confluence of geological and climatic factors that keep its soils warm, its vines frost-free and its grapes ripe and flavor-packed. These advantages explain why B.R. Cohn is among Sonoma Valley’s finest producers of world-class wines.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.
Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.