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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2018 Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Zinfandel 'Isabel'
2018 Sweetwater Springs Vineyard Zinfandel 'Isabel'
This wine is named after Jeff & Alexandra's daughter

Our daughter Isabel is much more mellow and vibrant in her life, with music as a guiding light. To me, this is what zinfandel is all about.

Its brilliant cherry red garnet in color. Being one of the coolest vintages at this vineyard, this is a wine of sheer finesse and elegance. Sensual aromatics of wild raspberries, warm puff pastry, roasted earth and just a subtle touch of white flowers. The palate is full-bodied and very giving; it coats the palate with flavors of Rainer cherries, wild raspberries, cream soda, cinnamon and sage.

Blend: 85% Zinfandel, 15% Sweetwater Springs Petite Sirah - vineyard sisters

Why This Wine?

One day in 2004, I received an urgent call from my good friend Ulises Valdez. He was incredibly excited about a new project he was going to start working on, in Russian River Valley and he wanted me to be part of it. So, he gave me the address, the two gate codes, and away I went.

To say this vineyard was amazing, is an understatement! This vineyard is incredibly steep, a 55° slope, and seriously rocky. The goal was to graft Zinfandel budwood from the famous St. Peter’s Church vineyard. It took just one look, and I was ready to sign the contract.

The Zinfandel I make from this vineyard has such a southern Rhône feel to it, one must taste it to understand. It reminds me how special Zinfandel can be when grown by those who share in the same passion.


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Ratings

94 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Jeb Dunnuck, 92 Wine Advocate, 91 Connoisseurs' Guide
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SKU: 18SWZN
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Sweetwater Springs Vineyard
Aging
16 months in 30% new French oak 228 to 350L barrels
Alcohol %
15.6
Wine Enthusiast
94
Connoisseurs' Guide
91
Wine Advocate
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
93 Jeb Dunnuck - The 2018 Zinfandel Isabel comes from the Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Offering an almost Rhône-like nose of spiced black and blue fruits, bacon fat, candied violets, and pepper, this beauty hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, supple, polished tannins, and outstanding length. There's a firm edge here that's going to benefit from short-term bottle age, and this beauty will certainly drink nicely for at least a decade.
Vineyard Notes
Landy - Sustainably Farmed, 55° sloped vineyard
Production Notes
379 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
All fruit is handpicked and held for 24 hours in cold storage; my reds and whites are 100% ML. 15% Whole Cluster Open Top Fermentation
Other Notes
In the Cohn Zone drink now - 2032