It’s not very often I write a wine offer; I leave it to my unbelievable staff that gives our customers the best wine experience in the country.
It’s also not often that we find ourselves in these difficult times, which have especially hurt our friends in the hospitality trade. However, now, more than ever, we must band together and help each other out. $5 of every bottle will go to the Restaurant Strong Fund, a charity supporting the hospitality industry started by award winning Boston restaurateurs, Ming Tsai, Ken Oringer and Chris Coombs, in conjunction with The Greg Hill Foundation and support from Sam Adams. We will be organizing other offers to promote charitable giving as well, but this first wine is especially close to my heart as it also has a great impact on my dear friends the Cohn family.
I met Dan Cohn in 2005 at a wine dinner in Boston he was hosting for his family winery, BR Cohn. We both showed up early and instantly built a friendship that lasts to this day. BR Cohn was founded by Dan’s dad, Bruce, who also happened to be the manager of the Doobie Brothers.
I immediately got the unbelievable “perk” of being invited to the winery’s annual charity concert, which became an annual tradition filled with an indescribable vibe of love and happiness. One particular memorable moment was walking up the Olive Hill Vineyard and down to the Trestle Glen Vineyard where we got to drink (more) wine and talk in the most incredible setting.
As the years went on the family winery sold all of their land except the beautiful Trestle Glen vineyard where Bruce also resided. Also, as the years went on, the family had its own hardships. While Bruce pulled together his original wine making team, he fell short on his health. He was able to make one vintage of Trestle Glen Cabernet and that was unfortunately it. It’s a wine that has never been on the market, until now.
During tough times, family members rally to support each other. Bruce’s daughter, Tasha, has stepped up and taken over the vineyard and its home (now a remarkable AirBNB). She has given us the unique opportunity to sell this wine, which will only exist one time. Trestle Glen was named after a train trestle on the vineyard which was used to connect the town of Sonoma to Glen Ellen. Tasha, who has a tremendous heart, has not only agreed to sell this wine, but has also given us an unbelievable price which allows us to sell a large amount to benefit our local hospitality industry. She has created her own Boston connection and we can’t thank her enough.
“The Trestle Glen Vineyard is grown using sustainable farming practices. The vineyard is located near Glen Ellen in Sonoma Valley between the Mayacamas Mountains and Sonoma Mountain. The unique microclimate, featuring underground natural hot springs and gentle ocean breeze helps prevent frost in late winter and early spring. In summer and fall, warm days tempered by gentle afternoon winds off Sonoma Mountain and cool nights provide slow even ripening. Sparse gravely volcanic soil and good cultural practices ensure low vigor, low yield, and small concentrated berries. Our Creekside block is often draped in morning dew and is home to fox, heron, and Bernie the cat.”
Winemaking: Grapes are harvested ripe at full maturation of flavor and color. The destemmed must is then cold soaked for 3 to 4 days. Fermented in small lots and punched down for gentle extraction. After fermenting, each tank receives extended maceration and is gently pressed to avoid harsh tannins. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in only the finest tight grain French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: “Deep ruby red color. Enticing fruit aromas of plum, black cherry, and cassis combine with an herbal potpourri of sage, spicy oak, vanilla, and subtle cedar cigar box. The palate is a collage of bright cherry, sweet berry, and oak flavors wrapped in silky tannin.“ 96 Points – Tasting Panel Magazine