JC CELLARS Smoke & Mirrors California 2011Score: 90 | $25
A fun quaff, zesty and jammy, but focused and restrained. This is loaded with black raspberry, toasty vanilla, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases made.
Features plenty of power in reserve. The floral aromas of huckleberry and loamy licorice lead to dense and complex flavors that balance ripe fruit and big tannins against lively acidity, with wild berry and brown spice notes. Drink now through 2021.—T.F.
Sourced from vineyards all over the state, Jeff Cohn's Zinfandels are unapologetically Californian—well-polished and jammed with deep, rich fruit. Although Cohn has until recently focused mostly on Rhône wines at his urban winery, he cut his teeth on Zin back in his days at Rosenblum.