2009 B.R. Cohn Winery Carneros Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay
Mission Codename: The Dust of Carneros
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: In time for Spring and Summer imbibing, infiltrate B. R. Cohen and abscond with every last case of their remarkable Carneros Chardonnay, a limited-release wine that is very nearly sold out, all around the world.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: B. R. Cohen
Wine Subject: 2009 Carneros Chardonnay – Sangiacomo Vineyard
Winemaker: Tom Montgomery
Backgrounder: The cool Carneros region provides ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay and Chardonnay literally thrives there. B. R. Cohen’s limited release Carneros Chardonnay is a remarkable wine that showcases the best that the region has to offer.
Sangiacomo Backgrounder: Three generations of the Sangiacomo family have farmed their family vineyards in the Carneros AVA. World renown for growing distinctive, award-winning cool climate grapes, the family is best known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today’s fruit comes exclusively from select vineyard rows, resulting in a wine that is distinctive and delicious.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Deep golden yellow, with even coloration, from the edge of the wine through to its clear core. After a hearty swirl, tall, slow-moving legs form high up on the glass wall.
Smell – After the aforementioned swirl, and before even lifting the glass to the nose, aromas of dark citrus and sweetwood waft from the glass. On closer inspection, the wine exudes lush aromas of lemon-grass, warm mixed citrus, white pear, orange blossom, fresh cut almond wood and white minerals.
Feel – Soft and velvety at the tip of the tongue. The wine glides across the mid-palate, where it gains in dimension and complexity. A plushness gathers at the mid, spreading outward to the entire palate, introducing a crushed velvet feel. Eventually, the lips and cheeks are left with a slight, pleasant dryness.
Taste – Layered, complex and delicious, with bold flavors of citrus, yellow apple, pear, green apple, white spice and creamed honey.
Finish – Very long and packed with dense flavors that linger on and on after you sip. As the fruit tails off, slowly, a soft spice appears, accompanied by a subtle flinty dryness and a hint of oak.
Conclusion – The 2009 B. R. Cohen Carneros Chardonnay is a wonderful, delicious, flavor-filled wine that has a silky mouth feel. Aromatics are through the roof, with the fruit that wafts out of the glass before you even lift the wine to your nose. On the palate, the wine is smooth and while there is oak, this wine is nobutter bomb like some oaky California Chardonnay. Instead, this wine is balanced and easy on the senses. Allow the wine to warm once you take it from the fridge and you’ll be rewarded with far greater dimensionality on the nose and in the mouth. Pair this fresh-flavored wine your favorite fresh foods, or enjoy it all on its own.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the B. R. Cohen winery can be seen in this satellite photo.