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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2017 St Peter's Church Vineyard Zinfandel
2017 St Peter's Church Vineyard Zinfandel
Our Cult Classic Zin - Organic Vineyard

A deep dark garnet rim to an almost mysterious black red color. Magnetic black and red fruits with a touch of savory Herbes de Provence on the nose that just keeps pulling you in closer to the glass so you don’t miss one moment of the experience. The palate is so precise, elegant and pinpoint in its balance. From the lush front palate with sweet vanillin and dark chocolate ganache, to the minerality in the mid palate and blackberry bramble in the extensive long finish. this wine has a very Provencal feel, but the soul of old vine Zinfandel.

Why This Vineyard?

First impressions are so important. During my interview with Kent Rosenblum of Rosenblum Cellars, we spent about 3 hours tasting through barrels. One of the Zinfandels that really was the highlight of that tasting was the old vine Zinfandel of St. Peter's Church. I really think this was one of the reasons I took the job to work with Kent.

I have been making Zinfandel from this vineyard since 1996. It’s a simple vineyard, on a simple piece of land, but it produces some of the most magical wines. Once again, this is a property that was farmed by Ulises Valdez. My friend truly had the Midas touch. 

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Holiday 2021

📦 Shipping Alert: Order now to ensure Jeff's wine is on the table for your family celebrations, dinners, and holiday gatherings.

FedEx and GLS carriers are experiencing delays up to 4 days due to worker shortages. In light of these delays, we are not offering expedited shipping this holiday season.

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94 pts Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines, 93 pts Wine Advocate, 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast, 92 pts Wine Spectator, 90 + pts Jeb Dunnuck
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Wine Specs
Alexander Valley
Vineyard Designation
St. Peter's Church
18 mos., 20% New French Oak 228 to 350L barrels
Alcohol %
Wine Spectator
Wine Enthusiast
Connoisseurs' Guide
Wine Advocate
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
93 Pts Wine Advocate - Drink Date: 2020 - 2028 The 2017 Zinfandel St. Peter's Church Vineyard opens with incredibly pure scents of white peaches with notes of garrigue, crushed boysenberries and lavender. Medium-bodied, it's wonderfully layered and lightly chewy with lip-smacking freshness and a long, layered finish. What a gorgeous zinfandel! 90 Pts Jeb Dunnuck - Baked cherries, licorice, toasted spices, chocolate, and dried earth notes all emerge from the 2017 Zinfandel St. Peter’s Church Vineyard, and while it’s more savory and earthy on the nose, it has plenty of sweet fruit on the palate, solid mid-palate depth, and the tannic structure that’s common from Alexander Valley fruit. Give bottles another year or two to see if it develops more complexity, and it should evolve for 7-8 years or more.
94 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines 92 Pts Wine Spectator Plump and briary, with multilayered raspberry, roasted sage and cracked pepper flavors that build richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2028. — TF
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.
Production Notes
248 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
20% whole cluster, remaining whole-berry fermentation Open Top Fermentation, punched down up to 5x a day
Other Notes
Drink 2021 - 2028