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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2018 The First Date
2018 The First Date

A blend of 60% Grenache Blanc from Camp 4 Santa Ynez District, 40% Roussanne from Stagecoach Vineyard.

We use a concrete egg shaped tank to ferment and age the Grenache Blanc portion of this blend. The premise is that with the egg 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 we like 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.

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Ratings

94 Pts Jeb Dunnuck, 91 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines
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SKU: 18FIRS
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
White Rhône Blend
Alcohol %
15
Connoisseurs' Guide
91
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
91 pts - Connoisseurs Guide - A blend of 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.
Ratings
94 pts Jeb Dunnuck 91 Pts Connoisseurs' Guide to CA Wines
Awards
2014 - 95 Pts; 2012 - 94 Pts
Production
250 cases
Other Notes
Cellar 4-6 years