Jeff Cohn Cellars Landy Sweetwater Springs Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
Jeff Cohn Cellars Landy Sweetwater Springs Zinfandel 2011 Front Label

Jeff Cohn Cellars Landy Sweetwater Springs Zinfandel 2011

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750ML / 15.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This year it shows a ton of sweet red and black raspberry notes, roasted Herbs de Provence with just a touch of charcuterie and roasted earth notes on both the aromatics and palate. This wine has a very silky texture, but with ripe tannins that will allow one to age this wine for some time.

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The 2011 Zinfandel Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard came in at 15.5% natural alcohol, so Cohn was clearly going for maximum ripeness even in 2011. It exhibits a slightly more late harvest character compared to the St. Peter’s Church cuvee, but it is a killer Zinfandel. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by abundant black cherry and blackberry fruit intermixed with notes of graphite, spice box and earthy undertones.
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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 Rhône 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.

All JC Cellars wines are fermented in open top fermenting vessels that range in size from a half ton to eight tons, where each bin is hand punched down five times per day. This time-consuming procedure allows maximum exposure of skins to juice, intensifying the flavor of the fruit while handling it as gently as possible.

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel has secured it’s title as the darling of California vintners by adapting well to the states’ diverse microclimates and landscapes. Born in Croatia, it later made its way to southern Italy where it was named Primitivo. Fortunately, the imperial nursery of Vienna catalogued specimens of the vine, which sourced a journey to New England in 1829. Parading the true American spirit, Zinfandel found a new home in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Somm Secret—California's ancient vines of Zinfandel are those that survived the neglect of Prohibition; today these vines produce the most concentrated, ethereal and complex examples.

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