2008 Jc Cellars Haley Rockpile Vineyard SyrahSyrah / Shiraz from United States
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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 irrepressib...
- 93+ Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93+ Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2008 Syrah Rockpile exhibits an opaque blue/purple color followed by a dense nose of blueberry pie intermixed with blackberry, pepper, flower and new saddle leather aromas. Dense, rich and full-bodied with silky tannins and a heady finish, it should drink well for 5-6 years. It would be terrific news if one day the winemaker behind all these brilliant wines, Jeff Cohn, gets his own winery and vineyard. He certainly has a knack for putting together super wines, generally from Rhone Ranger varietals, but also Zinfandel." (12/10)
"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
"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.
93+ - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Syrah / Shiraz|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry|
|Nose||spice box, cedar and dark fruit|