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2016 BEST Cabernet Sauvignon: B.R. Cohn

Author: Petter Westby and Cerrissa Kim
May, 2016 Issue

"What makes B.R. Cohn's Cabernet Sauvignons premier Sonoma Valley wines are the unique microclimates and one of the best winemakers in the business." —Mary Ann Vangrin


“We’re thrilled to be recognized for our Cabernet Sauvignon, and we invite everybody to come visit our special place,” says Mary Ann Vangrin, director of communications and social media at B.R. Cohn in Glen Ellen. “What makes B.R. Cohn’s Cabernet Sauvignons premier Sonoma Valley wines are the unique micro-climates of our 55 acres of estate vineyards as well as one of the best winemakers in the business, Marco DiGiulio.”

Vangrin explains that B.R. Cohn’s vineyard site is situated above underground hot springs that protect the vineyards from frost. The vineyards are warmer during the day but cooler at night, resulting in grapes of greater intensity and character.

B.R. Cohn current Cabernet releases include four estate wines: 2013 Special Selection Block 7, 2013 Special Selection Block 3, 2013 Special Selection and 2013 Olive Hill Estate; as well as three non-estate Cabernets: 2013 Gold Label Cabernet (a blend of Sonoma and Napa counties), 2014 Silver Label Cabernet (a blend of Sonoma, Mendocino and estate fruit) and 2013 B.R. Cohn Trestle Glen Kosher Cabernet Sauvignon. “All of the Cabernets can be purchased at the winery with the exception of the 2014 Silver Label Cabernet, which can be found at Safeway, Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Market. We also have a vibrant wine club offering special and library selections as well as invitations to exclusive events,” says Vangrin.

She goes on to say B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon wines pair beautifully with roasted, braised or grilled red meat (such as steak, short ribs, baby back ribs and lamb), but are also a great match for vegetables like roasted Brussels sprouts, broccoli rabe, grilled Portobello mushrooms, and herbs including basil, thyme and rosemary. “The Cabernets similarly pair very well with aged hard cheeses like cheddar, parmesan or dry jack, and they’re excellent with a burger topped with blue cheese.”

Located on Highway 12 in the heart of Sonoma Valley, the Olive Hill Estate, once a dairy, consists of 55 acres of vineyards and a grove of 160-year-old Picholine olive trees (from which estate olive oil is produced). The tasting room and offices are now located in a farmhouse built on the estate.

What also makes B.R. Cohn stand out, aside from the uniqueness of the estate location, is the wide variety of products it has available. The onsite gourmet shop offers not only a wide assortment of their excellent wines, but also estate olive oils, vinegars, picnic items and a wide selection of wine accessories. Its beautiful setting affords a picture perfect venue that’s available for weddings, special events and other community happenings. “Founder Bruce Cohn’s Sonoma Music Festival has raised $7 million over the past 29 years for local veteran’s groups and children’s charities,” says Vangrin. “During the summer and fall season, we also offer live music, wine and fresh oysters every weekend.”



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