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Winemaking

“Our winemaking philosophy, is to produce wine that is an
expression of the land we farm and the vineyards we receive
grapes from. We make wine to preserve and enhance the
character of each grape variety and vineyard we harvest.”

Tom Montgomery has been leading the winemaking operations at B.R Cohn Winery since 2003. He brings over twenty years of experience and a history of rich, concentrated award-winning wines that follow in the tradition of those made by previous B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Estate winemakers Helen Turley and Merry Edwards.

With a focus on aroma and balanced flavors, Tom picks blocks row by row, taking into consideration the differences in terroir. He requires thinning of both canopy and crop, when nature doesn’t, to achieve optimum berry development and concentration.

Tom loves the hands-on nature of his work and is committed to making the absolute best wines possible here at B.R. Cohn Winery. He and members of the Cohn family are often here to greet visitors at our picturesque country estate.

Tom credits his love of winemaking to his upbringing in a central California farming community in a home where good food and wine were a way of life. Those formative years set the stage for his path towards an exemplary winemaking career.

After earning a degree in enology from California State University, Fresno, he spent five years in the Napa Valley where he worked for the original Napa Cellars. He then moved to San Luis Obispo to spend four years in a dual role as vineyard manager and winemaker. Tom returned to Napa, first to Cosentino and then, in 1997, to Conn Creek for six vintages where he produced the trademark Bordeaux blend ‘Anthology’, gathering innumerable awards and much critical acclaim. He then continued his education achieving an MBA with an emphasis in marketing and management.

Tom joined B.R. Cohn Winery in 2003, intent on honoring our tradition of making consistent high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. “I’ve always admired the highly sought after Olive Hill Estate Cabernet that B.R. Cohn produces” Tom says. His dedication to quality, love of fine wine and extensive experience within all aspects of the wine industry has helped increase our wines popularity and growth.

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