Astonishing Syrah (94 Points)

Jeff Cohn got his start at a Maryland winery of all places, not Napa not the Rhone Valley. He moved to California in 1993 as he really got the “wine bug”  and he wanted to learn from the best.  While getting his Master’s Degree in Agriculture Chemistry, with an emphasis on Enology he developed a love for Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  He started a job at Rosenblum, where he soon was promoted to day-to-day winemaker.  While at Rosenblum he started JC Cellars in 1996 with a mere 75 case Zinfandel production.  The rest, as they say, is history.  In 2006 Jeff parted ways with Rosenblum to focus exclusively on his own label, with great success I would say.

JC Cellars 2007 "Rockpile"JC CELLARS 2007 “Rockpile” Syrah, Rockpile Sonoma
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This is a wine that coats your palate!  The nose is gorgeous with dark black stone fruit and chocolate aromas and a touch of wet stone.  The Rockpile appellation is key to this varietal flavors as the terroir is very unique.  Full in body, lush and flavorful this mouthfilling wine shows complexity from start to finish.  Flavors of blackberry, coffee, chocolate and hints of bacon fat coat the palate of this well-structured wine.  Even with some age, I would say, decant for 1 hour before serving.  Has a good 10+ years of cellar time left!  A true experience in not just Syrah, but Rockpile Syrah, from beginning to end.

Wine Spectator 94 Points: “Offers wonderful purity of flavors, with a mix of rich blackberry, wild berry and boysenberry fruit that’s intense, focused, supple and structured, gaining complex mineral, anise, sage and cedar flavors. Long on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 458 cases made. –JL”

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