2013 Jeff Cohn Cellars "Isabel - Dusi Vineyard" Paso Robles Zinfandel

SKU #1272626 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A classic Zinfandel that's loaded with notions of spice box, cigar box, sweet cherries, crushed flowers and black currants, the 2013 Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard has fabulous complexity in its evolved, sexy and medium to full-bodied personality. It has a touch of savory tannin on the finish, but they're covered by sweet, unctuous fruit. And, this rock solid effort is impeccably balanced and nicely focused on the palate. I love it today, but it will evolve beautifully for 7-8 years. (JD)  (8/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 *Highly Recommended* Ideally captures Paso’s distinctive style of Zin, offering briary cherry and forest floor aromas and complex, wellfocused flavors of raspberry, loamy mineral and white pepper. Drink now through 2029. (TF)  (10/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Calling any of Mr. Cohn's Zinfandels "light" would be to give the wrong impression, but within a family of big, broad-shouldered siblings the Dusi Vineyard bottling is the least muscle-bound of the brood. That, however, is not to say that it lacks for richness or concentration, and it steers to strawberries and plums with a mild trim of milk chocolate to its ongoing fruit. It tends slightly to softness on entry and initially impresses as wine to drink soon, but its aggressive, back-palate tannins make a strong case for three to five years of patience.  (1/2016)

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 15.5