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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2014 Orcio Cassata Vineyard Zinfandel
2014 Orcio Cassata Vineyard Zinfandel

Cassata Vineyard Zinfandel that sees no oak.  It is aged and fermented only in an Italian terra cotta Amphora, bringing primary notes of ripe black berries with fresh cracked peppercorn.

92 Pts Robert M. Parker, Jr.
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Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Cassata Vineyard
10 months in terra cotta amphora
15% whole cluster, open top fermentation
Alcohol %
Robert Parker
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Very fresh and vibrant nose, ripe blackberries, white and black freshly cracked peppercorns, and earthenware notes add great entry on the palate to spicy harmonies. Exotic with a combination of black and red licorice and cinnamon stick that leads to a long finish.
92 Pts Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate "Another wine with the exact blend of 75% Zinfandel and 25% Petite Sirah is the 2014 Orcio, also from the Cassata Vineyard. This is again, 15% whole cluster, but interesting-this is aged in terrra cotta amphoras, versus the 30% new French oak that the other Cassata Vineyard Zinfandel was aged in. Not as complex as its predecessor, but still medium to full-bodied, rich, dense, slightly lower alcohol (15.4%), this is a classic Zin to drink over the next 5-7 years."
Vineyard Notes
Selection: Chauvet, Monte Rosso, Pagani, PS Clone 1 Age of vines: 10 years Elevation: 460 ft Avg Temp: 50-80 degrees Avg Harvest Date: early to mid-October Farming techniques: Bio-Dynamic Vineyard Head trained Zin, Trellised PS Soils: Loamy, skeletal, clay, very rocky. Misc info: Bio-Dynamic vineyard. Use of the terra cotta vessel to ferment and age has given more Rhône feel with a hint of Italian
Production Notes
Vinification: 15% whole cluster, all de-stemmed, not crushed, open top fermenters, punch downs 5 x day Italian Terra Cotta Clay Amphora, no oak.
Winemaker Notes
Creamy, blackberry pie filling with cracked black pepper
2 Barrels