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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2017 Sweetwater Springs Petite Sirah
2017 Sweetwater Springs Petite Sirah
A Sustainably Farmed Landy Vineyard

The color of this wine reminds me of the saying: It's always darkest just before the dawn. I can tell you the moment before the dawn can’t even come close to how opaque this wine is.

Aromatically this wine covers the gamut from blackberry pie filling, lavender, wild herbs and even a hint of stone fruit one could spend at least 10 minutes just looking at the color and partaking of the aromatics. This wine is the Full Monty from the first sip, to the end of the glass. Blackberry, black currant, salted black licorice, and air dried beef. This wine is screaming for a cool winter's night and a crackling fire.

100% Petite Sirah -15 year old vines Home Ranch Selection (Old Seghesio selection)
16 months in 100% new French oak 600L barrel

Why This Wine?

Simply put, it is one of my favorite varietals. Always deep, dark, and inky. This one comes from a 55° slope vineyard that is incredibly rocky and makes the vines work that much harder. I love this particular petite because the nose always is about black fruits and floral aromas, but what intrigues me is the hint of peach and apricot in both the aromatics and taste. The palate is like a mystery novel. You never know which way it will turn!

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93 pts Jeb Dunnuck, 92 pts Wine Advocate, 92 pts Wine Enthusiast
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Wine Specs
Petite Sirah
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard
16 mos. 100% New French Oak 600L Barrel
100% Destemmed, Open Top Fermenter
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Advocate
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
93 pts Jeb Dunnuck - Jeff Cohn Cellars Petite Sirah Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Sweetwater Springs Vineyard has a dense core of blue and black fruit as well as plenty of scorched earth, graphite, and violet aromatics. With medium to full body, rock-solid balance, and the more focused, straight style of the vintage, drink it over the coming decade. 92 pts Wine Advocate - The 2017 Petite Sirah Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard has bombastic aromas of lilac, cassis and Luxardo cherries with notes of charcuterie, vanilla, dried thyme and potting soil. The palate is full-bodied and dense with a chewy frame and good juiciness, finishing warm. This may open up with a bit more time in bottle. 92 pts Wine Enthusiast, Virginia Boone - Jet-black in color and thick in tannin, this vineyard-designate offers bold, integrated layers of lavender, plum and gamy meat. Leather and black pepper season the core of big fruit and integrated, grippy texture.
Production Notes
257 cases produced 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
Other Notes
Drink it over the coming decade
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