16 months, 30% new French oak, 228L to 350L barrels
15% whole cluster, open top fermentation
Deep in color with a freshly ground white pepper coursing through the wine aromatically and on the soft Rubenise midpalate. The lead to a nice structured finish that begs to be served with a hearty roasted meat.
95 Pts Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
"I tasted a half-dozen Zinfandel-based cuvees from Jeff Cohn-and all of them merit serious attention from wine consumers. The 2014 Zinfandel Cassata Vineyard is 75% Zinfandel and 25% Petite Sirah with 15% whole clusters. This is a killer Zinfandel with floral notes, loads of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, medium to full-bodied, and somehow, hiding all of its high-octane 15.6% alcohol. Stunningly floral, rich, full-bodied and compelling, this is a stunner to drink over the next 7-8 years."
91 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"Powerful stuff as all of the Jeff Cohn Zinfandels are and a fully ripe wine of enormous substance and striking fruity depth, the Cassata Vineyard bottling is rife with blackberries and spice with a nice note of creamy oak joining in. At this point, it makes no pretense to politeness and goes for the gusto instead, but for all of its extract, its obvious muscle and its tannic, youthfully tough finish, it is surprisingly well-balanced and will age famously. It would be a shame to see this one drunk before its time and it comes with the strongest urging that it be laid away for no fewer than three or four years."
Biodynamically farmed Cassata Vineyard, owned by Pat Cassata and located directly behind the famed Pagani Ranch Vineyard, this hillside vineyard with 10+year old vines of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah produces Zinfandel that is very concentrated but remains light on its feet.