About This Wine
If you’ve ever had a classic Cote Rotie, you’re going to love this wine.
Jeff Cohn, the owner of JC Cellars, formerly made wine for Rosenblum Cellars. While there, he developed relationships with some of California’s top growers, whom he now taps when sourcing grapes for his various Rhone-style bottlings. Napa Valley’s Caldwell Vineyard provided the fruit for this 2006 Syrah.
“Caldwell Vineyard sits 500 feet above sea level, giving panoramic views of Napa Valley,” Cohn says. “Grapes were first planted at the Caldwell site in 1982 with cuttings brought into the country using ‘creative’ means.”
Cohn took full advantage of the wonderful Caldwell Vineyard fruit to craft a dense, beautifully balanced wine. Like the best wines of Cote Rotie, its nose is brimming with lavender and earth notes. And like the best Napa Valley wines, it offers abundant fruit in the mouth. It’s like getting the best of France and California in a single bottle.
Very dark, rich, powerful wines with great aging potential (as long as 50 years), yet still can be drunk relatively young. Distinct pepper, spice, cherry and leather flavors, with smooth, supple texture. Embodied in majestic wines from France, Australia and, increasingly, California.
- Grape Composition:100% Syrah
- Grape Source:Caldwell Vineyard, 500 Feet Above Napa Valley
- Aromas & Flavors:Lavender, Sandalwood, Sage, Vanilla, Black Cherry, Blackberry and Cocoa
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionleg of lamb, beef ribs, or any strong cheese.
Pure, rich and complex, this is sleek and focused, full-blown yet well-proportioned, with a medley of ripe blackberry, spice, mineral and sage, all woven together and ending with firm, minerally tannins. Drink now through 2014. 448 cases made.
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