Jeff Cohn Cellars, GSM Sparkling Brut Rose 2016, CA
This GSM blend is like a sparkling Tavel rosé—it has heady notes of strawberries, raspberries, white flowers, and spice. On the palate it’s fruity, rich, and silky.
VINEYARD(S): Grenache from El Diablo Vineyard (Russian River Valley), Syrah from Rockpile (Sonoma), Mourvèdre from Alta Colina Vineyard (Paso Robles)
SOIL: El Diablo - Gravely, sandy loam with clay subsoils; Rockpile - granite, loam, clay, and quartz; Alta Colina - Steep exposed soils of fractured shale
VINIFICATION: Saignée method. The wines are fermented separately and then blended together as soon as possible. Methode Champenoise, aged for a year before disgorgement.
WINE TO SOFA, TABLE, OR OCCASION: Table
COLOR: Hot pink
BODY: Medium bodied
BUBBLES: Fine and persistent
TASTE: Dry (Brut)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Strawberries, raspberries, black cherry, spice, crushed rocks, and flowers
FLAVOR: Rich and silky texture, fruity finish
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Serve chilled. Pair with a fruit, cheese, and charcuterie board.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Jeff Cohn
Jeff Cohn was born in Maryland and got his associate degree in Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University and a bachelors in Hospitality Management at Florida International University. He worked in hospitality before discovering wine. After interning at Boordy Vineyards in Maryland, he went to California where he got a MS is Agricultural Chemistry at Fresno State, where he specialized in Enology. He worked at Rosenblum Cellars for 10 years, working his way up to VP of Winemaking and Production, before starting Jeff Cohn Cellars in 1996.
Jeff maintains a Rhône-centric philosophy to winemaking, and believes that good wine starts in the vineyard. He works with passionate growers with organic and sustainable practices in order to produce the best fruit.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS: El Diablo, Rockpile, and Alta Colina
El Diablo Vineyard
“Nestled in this heritage vineyard's rows of Pinot N., there is a warmer micro-climate that is the perfect site for Grenache. It's cool enough, warm enough, windy enough with perfect soils made possible by the legendary Ulises Valdez. Originally planted in the 1930's to mixed blacks on clay loam soils, the old vine blocks on the site are 100% original plantings which make up about 40% of the vines on the property. I have sourced from this 500-ft. elevation vineyard since 2010. The clay loam adds depth and roundness to the wine while keeping an aspect of finesse to the overall balance. The original "suitcase" budwood came from the famed vineyards of Chateau Rayas in Chateaunuef du Pape. Ulises Valdez and I brought from Rhône guru John Alban’s vineyard to the Russian River Valley, via connections in all the right places.” (jeffcohncellars.com)
“Rockpile is one of the smallest AVAs in the nation, producing ultra-premium hillside fruit. In 1991, Rod and Cathy Park converted a dilapidated former sheep ranch into Rockpile Vineyard. At 2010-ft. elevation, the vineyard sites are hilly and of course, rocky. Above the fog line, the vineyard's terroir stresses the vines, but the average temperature range from 50 - 80º provides for a wonderful growing season, allowing for full ripening. The soil composition of granite, loam, clay, and quartz gives the fruit a strong mineral component. Altogether, this vineyard yields amazing fruit. Each Rockpile Syrah is truly unique in its depth and profile. I began working with this sustainably farmed vineyard in 1998 and still love it because I know Syrah planted at high elevations in rocky soils are a match made in heaven.” (jeffcohncellars.com)
ABOUT THE LABEL: The label art is an original watercolor by Haley Cohn. The wine is named for Jeff Cohn’s mother, Iris.