2012 Jeff Cohn Cellars "Rockpile Vineyard-Haley's Reserve" Rockpile Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Syrah Haley’s (15.6% natural alcohol) exhibits copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries and blackberries, sweet tannin, a full-bodied opulence and a style not dissimilar from the Buffalo Hill Syrah. Drink it over the next decade. Jeff Cohn makes a dizzying array of wines, all of which have enormous appeal and character. Sadly, he still does not own any vineyards, but he manages to source fruit from some of the most interesting sites in California, and when they are not mono-cépage wines, he assembles fascinating blends. Cohn is definitely a source for high-quality, full-flavored, pedal-to-the-metal wines. (RP)
*Two Stars* Concentrated, fully ripe, blackberry fruit is framed by a wealth of very rich oak right from the first here, and, while a mouthfilling Syrah that is geared to substance and size, this imposing young wine still finds room for complexity. It is rife with varietal pepper and sweet spice, and its shows a fine minerally streak behind its ample fruit with considerable, yet well-integrated tannins for grip. Its sheer generosity impresses right now, but its solidly ageworthy structure guarantees years of very positive growth, and pulling its cork before a half-dozen years have passed would be nothing less than an injustice.
Shows the benefits of ripeness, offering generous plum, dark berry and cherry notes, but remains quite dry and tannic, with a twinge of bitterness on the finish. (Web-2015) (JL)