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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2016 Cassata Vineyard Zinfandel Image
2016 Cassata Vineyard Zinfandel

A deep dark abyss of color; aromas of steak tartar with freshly cracked red and black peppercorns and black and blue fruits compote, wild Herbes de Provence carrying aromatics in the end. The palate is full bodied, lush and succulent. Blackberry jam and savory notes are the main focus, but dark chocolate and mission figs fill out the incredible finish. 

93 Pts Wine Spectator, 93 Pts Conn Guide, 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
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SKU: 16CASS
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Zinfandel
Vineyard Designation
Cassata Vineyard
Aging
16 mos. 30% New French Oak 228 to 350 L barrels
Fermentation
15% Whole Cluster Open Top Fermentation
Alcohol %
15.6
Wine Enthusiast
90
Connoisseurs' Guide
93
Wine Profile
Ratings
Conn Guide 93 Pts Fans of Jeff Cohn's wines may well prefer this bottling to the Iron Hill effort because this one has the "swaggering, swashbuckling" personality that is most often associated with the leaders of Mr. Cohn's parade. It is deep and extracted with dense blackberryish fruit accented by notes of black plum, dark roasted coffee and burnt chocolate all in service to its remarkable central fruit. That it has sinew and a touch of latter palate heat is to be expected, yet, when served with a well-seasoned lamb shank or something of that ilk, it shines even now and will only get better and better for up to a decade to come. Reviewed: January 2019
Vineyard Notes
Selection: Chauvet, Monte Rosso, Pagani, PS Clone 1 Age of vines: 10 years Elevation: 460 ft Avg Temp: 50-85 degrees Avg Harvest Date: early to mid-October Farming techniques: Bio-Dynamic Vineyard Head trained Zin, Trellised PS Soils: Loamy, skeletal, clay, very rocky. Produces a Zin that is light on its feet Cool climate hillside vineyard behind the famous Pagani Ranch.
Production Notes
Vinification: 15% whole cluster, all de-stemmed, not crushed, open top fermenters, punch downs 5 x day
Winemaker Notes
Blackberry jam, chocolate covered cherries, ground crushed black pepper and black licorice components