2013 Jeff Cohn Cellars "St. Peter's Church Vineyard" Alexander Valley Zinfandel (Previously $42)

SKU #1298640 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Zinfandel St. Peter's Church Vineyard has been made by Cohn since 1996 and is farmed by the well-known grower and viticulturalist Ulises Valdez. A deep, super-concentrated style of Zinfandel, but very well-balanced, the wine offers sweet tannin, adequate acidity, and copious quantities of blackberry and peppery notes in its flagrance and full-bodied, powerful flavors. At 15.2% alcohol, there 's nothing wimpy about this Zinfandel, but it also carries its alcohol brilliantly, and the overall impression is one of exceptional balance. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. One of my favorite wine producers in California is Jeff Cohn, who seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to accessing special vineyard sites and exploiting them to produce full- flavored, pedal-to-the-metal wines. (RP)  (8/2016)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Going back to Jeff's days as winemaker for Rosenblum Cellars, his interpretations of this vineyard have been massive and muscular wines of barely controlled ripeness, and this one continues on a very familiar path. It is big, dense and sinewy stuff as Zinfandel goes and exhibits a decided bent to dark chocolate, yet it manages to keep both feet on the fruity varietal track. It is not and never will be an elegant wine and is something of a steamroller in effect, and it is recommended to those who unapologetically champion extracted Zins of power, potency and punch.  (1/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Deep and powerfully built, with racy notes of cracked pepper, dried berry and dark Asian spice leading to ripe, zesty flavors that end with a touch of heat. Drink now through 2026. 250 cases made. (Web Only, 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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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.