Bruce Cohn and Tom Montgomery, his longtime winemaker have decided to make one single Cabernet that combines the best of his historic vineyards. They hit the jackpot. The result, by blending the Creekside’s smooth mouthfeel and soft tannins with the bouquet and long finish of the Hillside cabernet results in one greet offering. The wine will be released on October 1. The new release can be sourced at fine wine establishments and directly from www.trestleglenvineyards.com. The wine retail price $50.
Farming and music have always played a big part in Bruce Cohn’s life, as he was raised around both in Northern California with his mother, father and younger brother. Both his parents were accomplished musicians. Born in Chicago, the Cohn family moved to San Francisco in 1956. In 1957, Bruce’s father bought 32 acres of land in Forestville and started the first Grade A goat dairy in Northern California where Bruce and his brother Marty milked 115 goats by hand seven days a week. The Cohn family also had a 700 acre sheep ranch in Cloverdale which ran a flock of 300.
This background is what drew Bruce to purchase 46 acres in Glen Ellen at the age of 27 where he planted Olive Hill Vineyards, and later founded his namesake B. R Cohn winery in 1984, that would go on to produce 85,000 cases of high-quality, award-winning wines.
Prior to 1974, Bruce received a college degree in communication, focusing on radio and Television production and upon graduating worked for TV20 in San Francisco. Bruce left his career in Television to become the manager for what would be a succession of many popular rock musicians and Grammy-award winning music groups, at the same time building up and operating the winery he had started. Both of those careers lasted 46 years.
During that time, in the year 2000, Bruce hired Tom Montgomery to make 85,000 cases of 19 different varieties of wine. The duo has stayed together and Tom is now responsible for producing Trestle Glen Vineyards Cabernet. Tom has been working with that fruit and those vineyards since they were planted 20 years ago. Now “semi-retired,” Bruce’s Trestle Glen Vineyards first vintage (2017) received the highest rating of Bruce and Tom’s careers with a 96 and a 97 from Anthony Dias Blue. Making 800 cases versus 85,000 allowed the duo to focus their attention on one vineyard and one wine with the very best quality they can produce from the grapes at Trestle Glen Vineyards.