Spirits of the Season 2014: A Gold Label Festive Holiday Red from B.R. Cohn


Spirits of the Season 2014 will bring you the hottest new recipes, spirits and wines from the coolest distilleries, vineyards, restaurants and bars from all across the globe!

Purveyors of fine wines, olive oils and cooking vinegars made for giving this time of year, B.R. Cohn Winery is one of few remaining family owned and operated estate wineries located in the Sonoma Valley. The B.R. Cohn history is rich and their vineyard is a must-see when touring wine country in California.

Behold a shiny newcomer, a perfect pour and affordable bottle of wine adorned with a lovely gold label from B.R. Cohn. We fell in love with the deep red velvet Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Label ($40), a juicy Cabernet with notes of stone fruit. Cassis, spice, depth and a velvety lingering finish. The gold label is a newcomer to the already top notch wines they make. This is a perfect wine to select as a gift if you are going to someone’s house for Thanksgiving dinner or for a fall party.


Back in 1974, to keep some sanity and preserve quality of life, Chicago native Bruce Cohn purchased an old dairy in Glen Ellen which evolved into Olive Hill Estate Vineyard, so-named for the property’s grove of 140-year-old French Picholine olive trees.

With drive to cultivate the existing vineyard, Bruce purchased books on viticulture and read them during long periods of traveling with the band. He soon became intensely involved with all aspects of growing grapes, from planting and pruning to grafting and trellising techniques. A decade after taking ownership of the land and having great success selling grapes to other wineries, he founded B.R. Cohn Winery at Olive Hill Estate in 1984.


Today, Olive Hill Estate’s 61 acres of vineyards are planted mostly with Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts dedicated to Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

The Cohn family have extensive vineyard resources and long-standing relationships with top Napa and Sonoma growers, and now B.R. Cohn Winery has a new baby, the ultra-premium wine: Gold Label Cabernet Sauvignon. The new Gold Label Cabernet Sauvignon blends fruit from the Cohn family’s Olive Hill estate vineyard with the finest lots from Napa Valley hillside vineyards and select sites in Sonoma County. Gold Label represents the winery’s first new wine introduced for distribution outside the winery in many years.

“We have access to some truly exceptional vineyards in Napa and Sonoma,” noted winery CEO Dan Cohn. “We found that blending the finest lots from these different vineyard sites gave us a wine of uncommon complexity, richness and structure. I wanted to create a new wine that represents the very best lots from these vineyards in a unique and distinctive premium Cabernet Sauvignon that does not compete with our well-loved Olive Hill Estate Cabernet or value priced Silver Label. This is an important new entry in our lineup of fine wines for sale around the country.”

This delectable wine comes from low-yielding vineyard sites in some of the finest appellations, including Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain, Atlas Peak and Rutherford in Napa Valley and the B.R. Cohn Olive Hill estate vineyard in Sonoma Valley, Chalk Hill and Alexander Valley. The blend is 67 percent Napa County and 33 percent Sonoma County.


Winemaker Tom Montgomery aged the lots separately in the finest tight-grain, air-dried French oak barrels and then blended them with an eye toward creating a finished wine with great complexity and balance.


For gift giving, the B.R. Cohn Winery is renowned not only for their exquisite estate-grown wines from its Olive Hill Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, for their award-winning olive oils, vinegars and other specialty foods, and for its Charity Fall Music Festival. B.R. Cohn Winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12 in Glen Ellen, and its wines are nationally distributed. The Sonoma Valley tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The B.R. Cohn Charity Fall Music Festival, which marks its 28th anniversary in 2014 and has raised more than $6 million for local charities.


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