2019 Orcio Rinaldi Vineyard Zinfandel
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A vibrant red/black/purple color.
A killer nose of black fruits, Asian five spice, a blend of strawberry/raspberry Twizzlers with just a touch of black licorice and a subtle dusting of freshly cracked white / green peppercorns. The best way to describe this wine is Rubenesque. Raspberry pie filing, in a warm cinnamon pie crust with a touch of cracked black peppercorns and sassafras. Elegance, finesse, and truly exotic best describes the way the wine fills your palate from beginning to the almost never-ending finish.
46 cases produced. In the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2030.
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I have made 3 different Zinfandels using the terra cotta amphora. Each one different, but each one shows how using the porous amphora provides for a different texture, aromatics and flavors. It's like oak, it allows for some oxygen – it brings not only a richness to the wine, but an extra silkiness to its texture. It's also a neutral material like stainless steal and does not impart any additional flavors.
Aromatically, the wines always seem a touch brighter and more perfumed. I enjoy showing a different expression of a vineyard using different fermentation and aging vessels. I have made Orcio from the Cassata, Rinaldi, and Sweetwater Springs vineyards.
I started Jeff Cohn Cellars with the help of my mother, Iris. One adorns the label as a tribute to her.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Vineyard: Landy Sweetwater Springs, Sustainably Farmed, planted in 2004
Ranging from 300 to 1000 ft. in elevation, the lower elevations are exposed to the cooling influence of the fog, while the hillside fruit gets more than its fair share of sun exposure.
Vinification: 100% Zinfandel
The fruit is hand-picked then cold-soaked. I gently foot-stomp the fruit of which 20% is whole cluster, the rest is whole berry and de-stemmed. None is crushed. The wine goes through open-top, then 100% Malolactic fermentation and aged 18 months in a classic, 100% terracotta Amphora. The use of the Amphora provides for a different texture, aromatics, and flavors than the barrel-aged version of the wine. Both are great expressions of terroir.
$.01 12+ 750 mL bottles
$15 1 - 11 750 mL bottles
$15 per magnum
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90 Audrey Frick for Jeb Dunnuck — The 2019 Zinfandel Orcio comes from the Rinaldi Vineyard in Amador County and I believe is 100% Zinfandel. It has a big, sweet nose of red plums, dried strawberries, cigar, toasted spices, and candied violets. These all carry over to the palate, where the wine is medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, and balanced, with light tannins. It's a charming, satisfying, complex Zinfandel to enjoy over the coming 4-6 years.