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2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Carignane Saitone Vineyard Broken Compass Rating: 89
Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2016 Carignane Saitone Vineyard Broken Compass opens on an earthy note with tar and leather aromas over kirsch and jammy/baked black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, it gives earthy red fruit in the mouth framed by grainy tannins and finishing with very ripe fruit.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Syrah Buffalo Hill Rockpile Vineyard Rating: 95
The 2016 Syrah Buffalo Hill Rockpile Vineyard has an opaque ruby-purple color and a spicy nose of dried violets, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and graphite with notes of cassis, blueberry pre-serves, grilled meats and exotic spices. It’s full-bodied, rich and dense with firm, grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, blossoming in the mouth to chocolate and meaty notions and finishing very long and layered.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Zinfandel Cassata Vineyard Rating: 93
Deep ruby-purple in the glass, the 2016 Zinfandel Cassata Vineyard opens with some reductive aromas that dissipate fairly quickly, segueing to peach and apricot jam, blackberry pie, sweet spices, pipe tobacco, turned earth, graphite and savory herbs with red fruit sparks. Full-bodied, it’s dense and rich in the mouth with intense, minerally fruits, fine, grainy tannins and lip-smacking freshness, finishing very long.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Syrah Rockpile Cuilleron Collaboration Domaine des Chirats Rating: 94
This wine is a collaboration with Yves Cuilleron from the northern Rhône. The 2016 Syrah Rockpile Cuilleron Collaboration Domaine des Chirats has an opaque ruby color and wonderful fragrance! Violets, lilacs and dried lavender aromas mingle with scents of crushed stone and graphite. Very slowly it opens to cracked black pepper, cured meats, cassis, baked black cherries, turned earth and blueberries. The full-bodied palate is floral and mineral-focused, offering more restraint and prettiness than the other Syrahs from the Jeff Cohn lineup. It has firm, pleasantly chewy tannins and very good freshness, finishing long and perfumed. This is intense, elegant and utterly classic.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Grenache The Fallen Angel El Diablo VineyardRating: 90+
Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Grenache The Fallen Angel El Diablo Vineyard gives intense raspberry preserves, baked red and black cherry, bitter chocolate and garrigue aro-mas. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the jammy fruit layers framed by firm tannins, going savory on the finish. This is a huge style of Grenache but well done.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Zinfandel Iron Hill Vineyard Rating: 93
Deep ruby, the 2016 Zinfandel Iron Hill Vineyard has a gregarious nose of apricot-ginger jam, spiced stone fruit cobbler, cinnamon stick, mixed berries and oodles of violet perfume—this is wonderfully dense and aromatic. The full-bodied palate is packed with flavor layers but lifted by its frame of ripe tannins and remarkable freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. This is literally lip-smacking good!
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • misc. stuff Rating: 91
The 2016 misc. stuff is a blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre. It has a medium to deep ruby color and is scented of baked red cherries, cured meats, peppercorn, baked plum, blueberry preserves, warm earth and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, it’s very savory/peppery in the mouth with pleasantly chewy tannins and good freshness, finishing long.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Zinfandel Nun’s Canyon Vineyard Rating: 94
The 2016 Zinfandel Nun’s Canyon Vineyard opens with notes of graphite, cast iron, tar and turned earth. It opens up to luscious scents of cherry jam, stone fruit cobbler and blue fruit preserves with touches of dried tobacco and eucalyptus. The full-bodied palate is incredibly intense, giving up layer after layer of juicy fruit. It has grainy tannins and surprising freshness, finishing very long.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • #PureYum Rating: 93
The 2016 #PureYum is a blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Grenache. Deep ruby-purple in the glass, the nose opens with chocolate and soft menthol aromas accented by cracked pepper, fried thyme and sage, loamy earth and game meats scents with tricolored fruits at the core. In the mouth, it’s full-bodied, bold and dense with a firm, pleasantly chewy frame and great freshness on the long, intense, savory finish.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Syrah Haley Rockpile Vineyard Rating: 95+
The 2016 Syrah Haley Rockpile Vineyard has an opaque purple-black color and bursts from the glass with intense violet and wildflower aromas, slowly overtaken by dark chocolate, toasted coco-nut, graphite and cast iron with a savory current of cured meats and savory herbs and a core of cas-sis and warm blue fruits. The full-bodied palate explodes with perfumed fruits supported by amaz-ingly ripe, pixelated tannins and juicy freshness, finishing very long and layered. Unbelievable! This still needs plenty of time to show its best, so forget it for a while.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Zinfandel Rossi Ranch Rating: 94
The 2016 Zinfandel Rossi Ranch, deep ruby in color, has a fragrant, spicy nose with scents of cinna-mon stick, brown sugar, pie crust and toasted coconut over a core of warm stone fruits, black cher-ry jam and mixed berries with peppery hints. The palate is full-bodied, intense and very perfumed, with a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and lip-smacking freshness, finishing very long and layered. This is so, so good!
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Syrah Silver Eagle Vineyard Rating: 92+
The 2016 Syrah Silver Eagle Vineyard has a very deep, opaque purple-black color and nose of baked blueberry, black cherry preserves, warm blackberries and nuances of black olive, fried herbs and bacon fat. Full-bodied, it's big and bold in the mouth with dark fruit layers supported by firm, ripe, grainy tannins, finishing on a savory olive note.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Syrah So Serine Rockpile Vineyard Rating: 96
The 2016 Syrah So Serine Rockpile Vineyard is just a baby with loads of youthful fruit—cassis, blue-berry and boysenberry jam—with classic layers of cracked peppercorn, bacon fat, cast iron, tape-nade and violet plus touches of warm chocolate, toasted coconut and sweet spices. Full-bodied, rich and dense, it explodes in the mouth with gobs of ripe black and blue fruits. It has a firm, ripe, grainy frame and good freshness, finishing very long and chocolaty. This is stunning and should age very well.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Zinfandel St. Peter’s Church Vineyard Rating: 94
Medium to deep ruby, the 2016 Zinfandel St. Peter’s Church Vineyard is a touch reticent to begin, with notes of tar, damp earth and autumn leaves. With time it offers aromas of cinnamon toast, black and red berry preserves, charcuterie and stone fruit touches. Medium to full-bodied, the pal-ate unleashes a color wheel of fruits framed with finely grained tannins and great freshness, finish-ing very long. This has great potential to blossom in bottle and will reward cellaring.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Petite Sirah Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Rating: 90
The 2016 Petite Sirah Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard has a very deep, opaque purple-black color. It’s scented of violets, lilac, bitter chocolate and exotic spices over impenetrable dark fruits with blue fruit hints. Full-bodied, it’s packed with black and blue fruit and floral layers, with very firm, chewy tannins and a long, dense, chocolaty finish.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Zinfandel Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Isabel Rating: 92+
Very deep ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Zinfandel Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Isabel has a wonderful, gregarious nose of peach jam and powdered sugar over a core of warm red berry preserves, candied boysenberry and blueberry—I love the tricolored fruit layers here. Medium to full-bodied, it floods the mouth with warm red, blue and black fruits accented by chocolaty notes, with very fine, grainy tannins and a long, warm fruit finish. This is a huge expression of Zinfandel and I love it.
2016 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Syrah Zio Tony Ranch Rating: 91+
Very deep, opaque purple-black in color, the 2016 Syrah Zio Tony Ranch opens with notes of tar and turned black soil, opening to baked black berry, cherry and blueberry with notes of smoked meat, fried herbs and olive. Full-bodied and jam-packed with dark ripe fruits and savory nuances, it has very firm, slightly chewy tannins and a long, savory finish.