2019 So Serine Syrah
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An incredibly dark purple color draws you into a bouquet, which is the true essence of Rockpile Vineyard. Dark and mysterious, completely focused on blackberries, blueberries, smoked meats, and white flowers. The palate is over the top concentrated and incredibly intense, while staying totally balanced. Black fruits and savory with hints of dark chocolate and the ever-persistent Rockpile minerality.
Limited - 1 barrel produced. Will age effortlessly in the Cohn Zone: drink now - 2039.
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I love Syrah from Côte-Rôtie, and one of my favorite vineyards is Les Grandes Places. So, when some budwood was made available to me from this vineyard, I jumped on it.
The oldest selections of Syrah in the Northern Rhône's Côte-Rôtie are known as Serine - they are not a clone. This selection of Serine has produced a wine that is a ménage à trois of aromas and flavors that one finds only in the elegance of Côte-Rôtie, the intensity of Hermitage, and the pure essence of the Rockpile Vineyard.
When you taste this wine next to my other Rockpile Syrahs, you will taste its magic. I feel this to be one of my most complex wines. As Serine is considered the oldest Syrah, the name So Serine came to be!
I started Jeff Cohn Cellars with the help of my mother, Iris. One adorns the label as a tribute to her.
Vineyard: Rockpile, sustainably farmed, vines planted in 1998
Planted at 2010-ft. elevation of granite, loam, clay, quartz, it's the heaviest, rockiest, and steepest vineyard at Rockpile. This elevation puts more stress on the vines producing thick-skinned and small berries. The granite adds a mineral backbone to the weight that the clay creates in the wine.
Vinification: 100% Syrah
The fruit is hand-picked then cold-soaked. I gently foot-stomp the fruit of which 40% 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 large-format 100% new French oak barrels.
$.01 12+ 750 mL bottles
$15 1 - 11 750 mL bottles
$15 per magnum
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92 Audrey Frick for Jeb Dunnuck — The 2019 Syrah So Serine is highly aromatic with menthol, blackberry confit, and scorched earth. Full-bodied and structured, with ripe black plum, tea leaf, and baking spice, drink this 2024-2034.