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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2016 Rockpile Vineyard Syrah 'Haley'
2016 Rockpile Vineyard Syrah 'Haley'
Sustainably Farmed Rockpile Vineyard - This wine is named after Jeff & Alexandra's daughter

Coming from two separate blocks, one which produces wines of elegance and finesse and the other of intensity and depth. Named for my youngest daughter, and as she has grown and matured, so have the blocks of the vineyard. Each are in their teenage years and both need guidance and direction. Together they provide a true harmonious, textural experience both in flavors and aromas that are fresh, vibrant, deep and always intriguing, just like my daughter Haley.

A dark royal purple / red color that leads you to aromas of savory black cherry, white flowers, charcoal, dark chocolate and bacon frying in the pan. The palate is a complete package from the lush front palate to the luxurious finish. Focused on brandied black cherries with savory notes, hints of lavender and mineral back bone, a true experience in terroir for sure. 

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96 pts Jeb Dunnuck, 96 pts Connoisseurs' Guide, 95+ pts Wine Advocate
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Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Rockpile Vineyard
16 mos.
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Connoisseurs' Guide
Wine Advocate
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep, dark, intense and intriguing. with elegance and finesse.
96 Pts Jeb Dunnuck Similarly inky colored, the 2016 Syrah Rockpile Vineyard Haley offers a more bloody, meaty style in its blue fruits, crushed rocks, smoked game, pepper, and lavender scented aromas and flavors. It's rounded, full-bodied, beautifully pure, has sweet tannins, and this sense of sweet, earthy fruit that's incredibly compelling. It's another brilliant wine from this incredibly talented winemaker. This wine was fermented with 40% whole clusters and brought up in 80% new French oak. 96 Pts Conn Guide No less ripe and well-filled than any of its maker's outstanding Syrah's in 2016, this stunning effort vies for top honors in what is a marvelously rich bunch by dint of its fruity purity, its show-stopping depth and its altogether exemplary structure. It is very expressive stuff, to be sure, but it is marked by a certain youthful tightness that makes for easy predictions of an extraordinarily long and increasingly complex life ahead, and all serious collectors of top-shelf Syrahs would be well-advised to lay a few bottles away - and even more if at all possible - to enjoy well beyond its tenth birthday. Reviewed: March 2019 95+ Pts Wine Advocate 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 coconut, graphite and cast iron with a savory current of cured meats and savory herbs and a core of cassis and warm blue fruits. The full-bodied palate explodes with perfumed fruits supported by amazingly 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. 92 Pts Wine Enthusiast This is a thick, richly layered red with floral earthy undercurrents of exotic complexity. Full bodied with a huge tannic grip, it integrates the fruit and oak well, lasting in flavors of lavender candy.
Vineyard Notes
At 2010 ft. elevation the 490 clone from these two vineyard blocks add different components, one produces elegance and finesse, the other provides intensity and depth. Together they are truly harmonious. Farming techniques: Trellis Age of vines: 20 years Avg Temp: 50-80 degrees Avg Harvest Date: mid-October
Production Notes
Vinification: 40% whole cluster, de-stemmed, not crushed, open top fermenters, punch downs 5 x day
Winemaker Notes
2015 - 95 pts, 2014 - 97 Pts; 2013 - 96 Pts, 95 Pts; 2012 - 94 Pts
320 cases
Other Notes
In the summer of 2000, I started looking for a Syrah vineyard that would speak to me. After a 2 1/2 hour drive and three gates later, I arrived at the 2010 ft. elevation Rockpile Vineyard. Between the subtle slopes, and the rocky soils, I knew this was and is still the place for great Syrah! I feel all wines have personalities. Thus due to the fact that my youngest daughter is a touch stubborn and hard headed, and Rockpile is full of very hard rocks, my daughter Haley's name has adorned this wine from day one.
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