November 10, 2016
Political hangover? The perfect hair-of –the-dog antidote maybe Old Poodle Dog 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Or if you’re old school, a number of new COHO releases are recommended. Uncorking any of these wines is a sure way to put a smile on your face while helping you forget that the 2020 election probably starts in a few weeks.
I’m really pleased to introduce you to a new COHO wine, our 2013 COHO Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 vintage was wonderful in Napa Valley; lots of rich fruit balanced by crisp acidity to help the wines age gracefully. While working on our blends, we found that as delicious as the wine from SummitVine Ranch on Diamond Mountain was in 2013, that when blended with wines made from some of the other vineyards we work with, on State Lane (Yountville Cross Road) and Coombsville, that the sum of the parts was a revelation.
The idea came to us when we previously blended the SummitVine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon with the Michael Black Merlot to create the 2012 COHO C2 Red Wine to celebrate COHO’s Tenth Anniversary. We only made 277 cases of this wine and it is amazing. If you haven’t bought some, I highly recommend it (of course). The aromatics just jump out of the glass, and on the palate it displays the richness and elegance that is the COHO style. By the way if you still would like some of the 2012 SummitVine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (the last vintage), order quickly as there are less than four cases available.
Also new for this release is the 2013 Headwaters, COHO’s signature wine. In 2013 we upped the Cabernet Sauvignon percentage to 87% of the cepage (it just tasted better) to blend with 11% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. In an effort to keep improving the quality of the Headwaters we dropped two vineyards from the program. This means there are only 1,695 cases produced (down from almost 2,500 cases in 2012). The goal at COHO has always been to make balanced, supple wines with lots of spicy flavors, and the 2013 Headwaters hits that mark perfectly. There is still some 2012 Headwaters available on this offer and it is drinking beautifully, so if you want to enjoy a Headwaters with a little more age on it, here is your chance.
My father would have chuckled that COHO and I were featured in an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal about the Los Carneros appellation. The COHO 2013 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir was one of two Pinots from the region that was recommended in the article. This vintage has been the most popular Pinot Noir we’ve made to date. Whether tasting with consumers or the wine trade, the 2013 Stanly Ranch garners lots of praise. To read the WSJ article and other new COHO reviews, please check Recent Press.
Back in 2004 when Michael Black offered COHO the opportunity to make the Merlot from his vineyard I was ecstatic. I knew it wasn’t going to make us rich or famous, but that it would distinguish COHO as making one of the best Merlots coming out of California. This is no truer than with the 2012 Michael Black Vineyard Merlot. A few weeks ago I was in New York for a Napa Vintners tasting featuring many of the best wines coming out of Napa Valley. The audience was 150 sommeliers from New York restaurants. It was really gratifying to have so many of the “somms” seek me out to talk about our Merlot and tell me how they thought it was one of the most outstanding wines at the tasting. And this experience wasn’t unique. Many sommeliers that I have visited over the years tell me that the “Michael Black” is their favorite Merlot from California. Enjoy this 2012 Michael Black Vineyard Merlot, and I think you’ll agree.
Our website has recently been updated to be compatible with tablets and mobile phones, as well as your computer. I hope you will stock up with a variety of our wines from the current offer. All of these wines are exceptionally well made, balanced and delicious, and are sure to be a welcomed addition to any holiday festivities.
As always thanks for your continued interest and support of COHO.