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Wine Spectator Reviews 2012 Smoke and Mirrors
91 points from The Wine Spectator for our 2012 Smoke and Mirrors? Score: 91 Refreshingly quirky, this offers ripe cherry and spicy nut bread aromas, leading to zesty dried blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors that linger toward ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenach...

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JC Cellars Vineyard Partners

Jeff Cohn’s winemaking philosophy begins with sourcing prime fruit from exceptional vineyards. After more than 15 years in the industry, Cohn’s experience working with some of California’s top vineyards, including Rockpile Vineyard in the hills of Sonoma County, Fess Parker Vineyard in Santa Barbara County and Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa Valley, allows him to source only the finest fruit for JC Cellars. He prefers vineyards with steep rocky terrain, which produce distinctive fruit, resulting in wines with immense concentration and complexity.

Throughout the year it is a priority for Cohn to keep in close communication with his growers, enabling him to gain an enhanced understanding of each vineyard’s distinct profile and ultimately craft a wine the achieves both his own and the grower’s vision.

There are many different training systems throughout the world, but in California the main types are head, cordon and cane. Usually four seasons of growth or more are required to train a young vine properly.


The vine has the shape of a small upright shrub, with a vertical trunk 1 to 3 ft high that supports arms spaced around its head.


The trunk of the bilateral, horizontal cordon rises vertically to about 8 to 12 inches below the lower wire of the trellis, and then divides into two branches that extend in opposite directions along the lower wire to within about 10 inches of the adjacent vines.


The shape is similar to that of head-trained vines, except that the head may be fan shaped in the plane of the trellis and only two or three arms on each side of the head are usually needed.