Showing lots of caramelized fruits, sweet oak, brioche, white flowers and honey, the 2012 Marsanne Stagecoach Vineyard is medium-bodied, pretty, lively and has terrific intensity and length on the finish. Picking up hints of minerality with time in the glass, it's a serious good, strikingly pure white to drink over the coming decade. Anticipated maturity 2015-2025.
A decadent, full-throttled white, Cohn's 2012 The First Date is a terrific blend of 70% Roussanne and 30% Marsanne that's brought up in concrete eggs. It exhibits massive notes of tangerine oil, buttered citrus, honeysuckle and marmalade to go with full-bodied richness, terrific purity of fruit and a clean, dry finish. Reminding me of one of the whites from Château Beaucastel in the Southern Rhône, it should drink nicely for 3-4 years, if not longer. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2018.
A collaboration between Jeff Cohn and the Norther Rhône's Yves Gangloff, the 2012 Viognier 2 Guys 2 Barrels is 100% Viognier from the Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley. It's a stunning Viognier that shows the richer, more hedonistic end of the spectrum with caramelized peach, pineapple, orange blossom and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, rich, unctuous and layered, yet still focused, lively and precise it's a beautiful white that deserves a classy meal. Drink it anytime over the next coming couple of years. Anticipated maturity 2015-2018.
A blend of mostly Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, with smaller amounts of Grenache and Alicante Bluschet, Cohn's 2013 Smoke & Mirrors tastes like a top flight Côtes du Rhône with its brambly berry fruits, licorice, crushed rock and hints of spring flowers. Fresh, lively, pure and quaffably good, yet also with plenty of class and first rate purity, it's a terrific, beautifully made, medium-bodied, fruit-loaded red to buy by the case and enjoy over the coming 3-4 years. Anticipated maturity 2015-2019.
A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah, the 2012 Misc Stuff has a semi-opaque, ruby color to go with lots of kirsch and black raspberry fruits, spice, crushed flowers and licorice characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, open knit, textured and downright sexy, with that sun-kissed purity of fruit that California delivers, enjoy it anytime over the coming 4-5 years. Anticipated maturity 2015-2019.