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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2018 The First Date
2018 The First Date
Double Gold - Best Aromatic White, SIFF 'WOSCAR' Winner

I use a concrete egg shaped tank to ferment and age the Grenache Blanc portion of this blend. The premise is that with the egg's shape and the earth's gravitation rotation it creates a vortex inside the egg that stirs the lees on a constant basis as it ages. What I love about the egg is that it keeps the fruit bright, adds a creaminess to the wine, and it brings out the minerality of the fruit. 

A beautiful light golden color, blend has an explosive nose of peach and dried apricot, lemon/lime zest, mineral and white flowers. It’s a rich, opulently full-bodied wine that showcases dried apricots and peaches, Margarita mix, toasted brioche and fresh vanilla bean. What makes this wine, so intriguing is the mineral back bone that keeps the wine fresh and lively, but lush and seductive.

The blend: 60% Grenache Blanc, 40% Roussanne

Why This Wine?

I wanted to make a white wine that was elegant, fun, and intriguing but also had a serious side. This is where balance comes into play. I also wanted to create something, that reminded me of a Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.

The Grenache Blanc comes from one of the oldest plantings in California, Camp 4 in Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara. Its focus is on brightness and freshness; the Roussanne is from Stagecoach Vineyard in Atlas Peak in Napa and brings a richness and roundness to the wine that balances perfectly with the Grenache Blanc's verve.

Double Gold - Best Aromatic White, 2021 Sonoma International Film Festival Wine 'WOSCAR' Winner

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94 Jeb Dunnuck, 92 Wine Advocate, 91 Connoisseurs' Guide, 90 Wine Enthusiast
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Wine Specs
White Rhône Blend
Vineyard Designation
Stagecoach / Camp 4
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Tasting Notes
94 Jeb Dunnuck - Based on 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Roussanne from vineyards throughout California, the 2018 The First Date is beautifully done, offering pure, precise notes of orange blossom, pineapple, honeysuckle, and white flowers. Rich and textured, yet elegant and finesse-driven as well as perfectly balanced, it shows the long, even 2018 growing season perfectly. It’s great today and I suspect will evolve nicely for 4-6 years.
94 pts Jeb Dunnuck 91 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines
2014 - 95 Pts; 2012 - 94 Pts
250 cases
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In the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2025