Outstanding California Wines
New reviews of Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and more from across the Golden State, each priced under $40
2010 Landy Sweetwater Springs Petite Sirah - 93 pts Wine Spectator. A huge wine, not for the faint of heart. Offers vivid aromatics of coffee and campf...
"Every year we at JC Cellars we are given an opportunity to blend wines from mostly younger plantings of our various vineyards throughout the state. This is a wine for the table." - Jeff Cohn
A special blend of Syrah from vineyards located in many of the top Syrah producing regions of California. A dark plum color with aromatics and flavors of black fruits, white pepper, smoked game, cassis and cinnamon.
2006 JCCellars California Cuvee Syrah ($25) A
utility infielder, this full-bodied Syrah from winemaker Jeff Cohn has
the dark fruit and body to take on grilled meats and most tomato-based
sauces, as long as the sauce's chile heat doesn't burn down the barn.
Cohn - who began his wine career with Kent Rosenblum at Rosenblum Cellars
- left in 2006 to focus on his Oakland winery. This is blended from
multiple vineyards and appellations, resulting in a deep, rich
California-style Syrah. Ripe aromas and flavors of blackberry, loam and
pepper with generous lashings of oak. Includes 21 percent Petite Sirah.
This Syrah offers a sweet perfume of blackberries and flowers
followed by a medium to full-bodied, tannic, gutsy, robust wine with
impressive purity. This mouth filling, tasty introduction to JC
Cellars' style should drink nicely for 5-6 years.
This wine (primarily Syrah with a dollop of Viognier as well as
Roussanne) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big meaty
nose of white chocolate, flowers, vanilla, blackberries, and licorice.
Full-bodied and chewy, with supple tannin, and a long finish, it should
drink well for 5-7years.
The opaque purple-colored 2000 Syrah California offers copious
quantities of blackberry liqueur-like fruit, good purity, a layered
opulent, luscious mouth-feel, low acidity, and sweet tannin. Enjoy it
over the next 5-6 years.
Dark purplish ruby color; attractive, intense, jammy, peppery,
blackberry and black cherry fruit aroma; full body; big dense, very
highly concentrated, jammy, very ripe berry fruit flavors with notes of
green peppercorn and a slightly sweet palate impression; full tannin;
lingering aftertaste. This big wine shows very highly extracted fruit
and is appealing to taste now though deserves several more years of
bottle aging. Very highly recommended.