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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2016 Sweetwater Springs Petite Sirah
2016 Sweetwater Springs Petite Sirah

I find the color mesmerizingly dark; reminiscent of how Hitchcock used shadows in his films to draw you into the story line. The aromas of this wine are as deep as a baritone, but capable of the higher notes of a soprano as well. Blackberries, Australian licorice and white flowers fill the glass and entice you to savor the “liqueur du raisin” as one of my French interns would say. Lush and soft but structured with sweet minerally tannins that keep this concentrated blackberry and savory wine in balance. Dark and brooding, but never heavy. This wine is meant to drink now or in 40 years. 

94 Pts Jeb Dunnuck, 94 Pts Wine Enthusiast, 92 Pts Wine Spectator, 90 Pts Wine Advocate
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Wine Specs
Petite Sirah
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Sweetwater Springs Vineyard
16 mos. 100% New French Oak 600L Barrel
100% Destemmed, Open Top Fermenter
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Wine Enthusiast
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Wine Profile
94 Pts Jeb Dunnuck The 2016 Petite Sirah Sweetwater Springs Vineyard comes from a vineyard in the Russian River Valley and has fruit galore with its blueberry pie, violets, toast, and stony mineral aromas and flavors. It's rich, fleshy and flamboyant on the palate, with an almost over the top style yet it stays fresh and lively, with terrific purity and balance. It's a quintessential steak house red to enjoy over the coming decade.94 Pts Wine Enthusiast This wine begins reduced with strong aromas of diesel and tar. It continues on the palate in an intensity of perfumed violet and lilac, followed by white pepper and grilled meat. Thick and concentrated in ripeness and power, it allows room for its acidity to speak, freshening the proceedings with ease. 92 Pts Wine Spectator Bold and dynamic, with deep flavors of blackberry pie, dusky herb and black pepper that march toward big but refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. –TF 90 Pts Wine Advocate 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. Conn Guide 91 Pts There is nothing prim and proper about Mr. Cohn's winemaking style, but the show-stopping richness and compelling fruity depth that are central to most all of his efforts, be they Zinfandel or Syrah, are striking, and both are on full display in this intense and altogether dramatic Petite Sirah. It is big on tannin, but even bigger on vigorous fruit, and its heady ripeness is only one of its many traits among which are counted strident varietal spice and lovely oak support. It is a serious wine that warrants patience before pouring and very much needs to be tucked away in a dark corner in the cellar for no fewer than four or five years. Reviewed: June 2019
Production Notes
Vinification: 100% De-stemmed, not crushed, open top fermenters, punch downs 5 x day
Winemaker Notes
Small intense berries, very dark in color but shows blackberry pie fruit and soft tannins - glass staining, deep and concentrated.
172 cases