This 3-pack includes 1 bottle of 2008 - Jc Cellars Haley Rockpile Vineyard Syrah, 1 bottle of 2011 - Domaine Thibert Saint Veran Champs Rond, and 1 bottle of 2005 - Vina Olabarri Gran Reserva.
2008 - Jc Cellars Haley Rockpile Vineyard Syrah
"The 2008 Syrah Rockpile exhibits an opaque blue/purple color followed by a dense nose of blueberry pie intermixed with blackberry, pepper, flower and new saddle leather aromas. Dense, rich and full-bodied with silky tannins and a heady finish, it should drink well for 5-6 years. It would be terrific news if one day the winemaker behind all these brilliant wines, Jeff Cohn, gets his own winery and vineyard. He certainly has a knack for putting together super wines, generally from Rhone Ranger varietals, but also Zinfandel." (12/10) - 93+ Pts Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"As much as we like the depth and wonderfully rich fruit evinced by JC Cellars' Syrahs, we are even more impressed by the fact that their winemaker manages to go right to the brink without going too far and somehow achieves exceptionally fine balance in wines of such high ripeness. This very rich wine is just such a case, and it exhibits a wealth of very deep, fully ripened blackberry fruit played against a full measure of oak and subtle touches of pepper and stones. It comes with an uncanny sense of brightness amidst its riper themes, and its careful blending of firm acid and fine-grained tannins ensures six to eight years of very positive growth." 94 points Connoisseurs Guide to Wine
"When Jeff Cohn was the winemaker at Rosenblum Cellars, annually he crafted more than 70 different wines. Today, at his Oakland-based warehouse winery, the irrepressible vintner now limits himself to a mere 21 bottlings, focusing on Rhone varietals. Cohn's longtime relationships with some of California's top growers and vineyards enable him to source some of the state's finest fruit, including Rockpile in Sonoma County, Fess Parker in Santa Barbara County and Stagecoach in Napa."
"Jeff Cohn, the winemaker, president, and "JC" of JC Cellars got his start in the industry almost 20 years ago. As an intern at Boordy Vineyards in Maryland, he drove an hour and half each way to prune vines in frigid weather, pick grapes in stifling heat, and scrub everything from barrels to floors. Cohn had always loved the hospitality industry, and as he worked through several high profile positions after college he found his passion for wine steadily growing. The more he learned, the more he wanted to learn, until he realized that becoming a winemaker was his ultimate goal...With the encouragement and support of his family, Cohn moved to California in 1993 to follow his dream. He earned his masterâs degree in agriculture chemistry, with an emphasis on enology, from California State University, Fresno in 1996. It was here that Cohn discovered French winemaking techniques and the concept of terroir."
"Upon graduation, Cohn joined Rosenblum Cellars as an enologist. He rapidly moved beyond lab work and soon found himself in charge of the entire white wine program. In 2000, Cohn was officially promoted to winemaker, and in 2004 was named vice president of winemaking and production at Rosenblum...He began his own label, JC Cellars, in 1996. JC's first vintage was the 1996 Rhodes Vineyard Zinfandel. 75 cases were made. Over time, case production at JC slowly increased from that small, intimate introduction to over 5,000 cases annually." -Winery
"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." -Winery
This wine was also rated 88 points by the Wine Spectator.
2011 - Domaine Thibert Saint Veran Champs Rond
"This is also very reduced, indeed so much so that it's impossible to say anything other than the underlying fruit appears ripe. There is however markedly good vibrancy to the textured, intense and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess a lovely sense of balance on the beautifully long finish that offers just a bit more overall depth compared to the Cuvee Traditionelle." (10/12) - 89-91 Pts Allen Meadows - Burghound
"Christophe Thibert told me that 2011 "produced wines of generosity and freshness that are a real pleasure to drink as they're rich but not tiring. I elected to pick very early so as to preserve as much energy, freshness and acidity as I could. My yields were low so I obtained good ripeness levels early on. So we began on the 23rd of August and brought in very clean fruit with potential alcohols that ranged between 12.2 and 13.2%. The post-malo pHs were also very good at between 3.15 and 3.25 and this contributes to the vintage's sense of freshness and verve. Overall I really like the wines because though 2011 is by no means a great vintage, they certainly are delicious." I agree with Thibert's assessment and there are a few wines in his range that are exceptionally good." - Producer Note, Allen Meadows - Burghound
"Domaine Thibert Pere et Fils is a family-owned domaine located in the small village of Fuisse in the heart of the Maconnais. It is now run by husband and wife team, Christophe and Catherine Thibert. Christophe's sister Sandrine has also worked for the domaine since 1999 after completing her studies, which included a stage in New Zealand. The domaine consists of 16 hectares of vineyards - 8 hectares in Pouilly-Fuisse, 1 hectare in Pouilly-Vinzelles and 4 hectares in Macon-Fuisse." - Importer
2005 - Vina Olabarri Gran Reserva
"This is almost exactly like the winery's excellent 2004 Gran Reserva, proof that Olabarri knows how to make this style of Tempranillo. This is smooth and concentrated, with a deep color and ripe plum, blackberry and tobacco aromas. Flavors of mossy berry, fresh prune, chocolate and vanilla come with light herbal accents. This is elegant, with aging potential. Drink now-2020. -M.S." (06/13) - 92 Pts Wine Enthusiast
"Licorice, espresso, smoke and mineral notes frame a core of plum and leafy flavors in this savory red. Compact yet dense, with light, firm tannins and a slightly chewy finish. Drink now through 2020. 3,750 cases made. -TM" (10/13) - 91 Pts Wine Spectator
"Ruby with brick-red glints, proper of a careful ageing. Incisive and penetrating complex aromas. It's big and balanced in the mouth, velvety and frank in the palate, showing its great evolution in the bottle. Tempranillo 80% and 20% Mazuelo and Graciano." - Winery
"Ageing 24 months in American and French oak vats and a minimum 36 months in the bottle." - Winery
"The original winery was founded in 1958 in Haro by Mr. Pablo Olabarri Bikandi. A great wine lover, in 1985 he jumped at the opportunity to acquire an old, derelict 19th-century winery at Calle Las Bodegas, 88. After rebuilding the winery, and due to the need for modern facilities to age and bottle high-quality Rioja wines, in 1989 he built the Haro winery, with a capacity for 4,000 casks and a hall for aging bottled wines with space for 800,000 bottles."
"Pablo Olabarri passed away in 1990, while the winery was in the process of consolidating its position in wine markets. His son, Luis Olabarri, took over as winery manager, a post he continues to hold today." - Winery
"The Rioja Alta area covers all the vast right bank of the Ebro River, from the Tiron valley to the Iregua valley. These lands provide unrivalled conditions for vine growing and wine making."
"Haro, known as "The Wine Capital", is located in this area. It is deservedly bestowed honour and prestige and it is here, in this traditional winemaking area in an incomparable setting, where our winery - Vina Olabarri - is located." - Winery
Following traditional artisanal winemaking methods, we make and age wines from this part of Rioja Alta, offering wines that express the full potential of the grapes and land where they are grown."
"Vina Olabarri's vineyards are located on the "Bikandi" farm in the district of Fuenmayor, in the heart of the Rioja Alta region. The vineyards cover an area of 20 hectares, growing on terraces overlooking the Ebro River, on a bend in the river located in the municipality of Fuenmayor, and very near to the district of Cenicero, wine country par excellence."
"The vineyards from which the grapes are obtained are situated in an ideal location for vine growing, 435 m above sea level. The area has an average rainfall of 350-450 l/m2 and a continental climate with Mediterranean influences."
"The vineyards grow on an alluvial substrate with a stony sandy loam texture, enabling excellent ripening of the grapes, essential to obtain high-quality wines. The vines grow on trellises with high canopies, allowing a large exposed leaf surface."
"In terms of grape varieties, the queen par excellence is Tempranillo, which occupies most of the vineyard (16.5 ha), accompanied by Graciano (2 ha) and Viura (1.5 ha)." - Winery