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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2016 St Peter's Church Vineyard Zinfandel
2016 St Peter's Church Vineyard Zinfandel

This old vineyard continues to produce wines that are not only exotic and rich, but full of tension, thus staying fresh, while showing off pure richness and depth. A wine of deep garnet /  black cherry color with warm raspberry, white and red peppercorns, crème de cassis and brambly black cherry fill the aromas. A full-bodied wine that stays light on its feet, while showcasing a mix of black berry, red raspberry, sarsaparilla and warm cinnamon stick.

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95 Pts Jeb Dunnuck, 94 Pts Wine Advocate, 94 Pts Wine Spectator, 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast, 91 Pts Conn Guide
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Wine Specs
Alexander Valley
Vineyard Designation
St. Peter's Church
16 mos. 30% New French Oak 228 to 350 L barrels
15% Whole Cluster Open Top Fermentation
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Robert Parker
Connoisseurs' Guide
Wine Profile
Jeb Dunnuck 95 Pts I loved the 2016 Zinfandel St. Peter's Church Vineyard and it has a perfumed, classy bouquet of red plums, incense, flowers, and sandalwood. It's medium to full-bodied has good acidity, beautiful purity, no hard edges, and remarkable purity of fruit. This beauty is balanced, seamless, and just a beautiful, elegant, complete wine. As with most of Jeff’s Zinfandels, it saw 20% of whole clusters in the ferments and 18 months in 20% new French oak. Wine Enthusiast 93 Pts This is a favored site amongst Zin aficionados and for good reason. Earthy forest, tobacco and compost reside within a powerful frame of concentrated richness and complexity. Black pepper, licorice and black cherry come along, buoyant in sparkling acidity that refreshes and intrigues. 94 Pts Wine Advocate Medium to deep ruby, the 2016 Zinfandel St. Peter's Church Vineyard is a touch reticent to begin, with notes of tar, damp earth and autumn leaves. With time it offers aromas of cinnamon toast, black and red berry preserves, charcuterie and stone fruit touches. Medium to full-bodied, the palate unleashes a color wheel of fruits framed with finely grained tannins and great freshness, finishing very long. This has great potential to blossom in bottle and will reward cellaring. Conn Guide 91 pts From a vineyard with a reputation for dense, ripe, occasionally over-the-top wines, Mr. Cohn has brought a modest measure of temperament to the beast without losing the concentration that remains the vineyard's hallmark. Ripe, deep and dark, yet nicely fruited as well, this one is, without question, a big wine that is very much in step with its siblings. Indeed, it may even be a tad less demanding of age than a few, and, if a half-decade in the cellar would not be too much, it is going to come drinkable earlier on. Reviewed: January 2019
Vineyard Notes
Jeff has worked with St. Peter's Church in Cloverdale since 1996. It's one of the best Zin vineyards ever. Planted to the St. Peter's Church Selection of Zinfandel, the 20-100 year old trellised vines are planted on the oldest U.S. vineyard on the site of a church.
227 cases
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