JC Cellars began in 1996 when Jeff Cohn (JC) started working at Rosenblum Cellars in Alameda as the Enologist after graduating from Fresno State. That very first harvest Kent Rosenblum asked Jeff if he wanted to forge into make his own wine as well, and of course, Jeff being the young and eager winemaker that he was, said yes and so the JC Cellars journey began.
The first JC Cellars wine produced was 73 cases of the 1996 Rhodes Vineyard Zinfandel from Redwood Valley. During his day job, Jeff was very excited to be working for one of his favorite zinfandel producers with a world of many vineyards at his feet. There probably wasn’t ever a vineyard to which Kent said no. In his 10 years at Rosenblum, Jeff produced as many as 72 different wines in a single vintage. He was always experimenting with something as Kent gave him carte blanche to try what ever he wanted. From this atmosphere, he developed his drive and passion for working with many different vineyards which he continues with today.
As his palate evolved, Jeff, while a true lover of Zinfandel, began to hone his passion with Rhone varietals. Thus five years after beginning, JC Cellars was producing five single vineyard Syrahs, a Petite Sirah, and a Viognier along with a few Zinfandels.
Jeff left Rosenblum in 2006 to focus solely on JC Cellars. Fast forward to today, now JC Cellars has come full circle and is producing about 20 different bottlings including seven single vineyard Zinfandels, a handful of single vineyard Syrahs, Petite Sirah, and a portfolio of Proprietary Blends. We source only the finest fruit from as far east as Amador County, south to Paso Robles and north to Alexander Valley. Wines are produced with a sense of place gently coaxed from the vineyard into a true expression in the bottle. JC Cellars is a partnership coupling the passion of the grower in the vineyard with the passion of the winemaker in the cellar.
Early in 2013 the decision to change the name of the winery from JC Cellars to Jeff Cohn Cellars was made to reflect what the winery is all about. Jeff is the artist and alchemist taking parts and creating a whole with much more meaning and depth; the wines he crafts are a true expression of his passion.