' November 2010

November 2010

Dear Friends,

Perhaps you followed the recent World Series won by our San Francisco Giants. If so, you may have heard that one of the radio broadcasters coined a phrase earlier in the season; “Giants Baseball – Torture”. He was referring to all the close games that the Giants were in during the season that they won or lost, usually just by a run. Giants’ fans spent most the year on the edge of their seats with their stomachs churning. Despite all the anxious moments it turned out spectacularly.

The same can be said of the just concluded 2010 Harvest. Lots of rain in the winter and early spring were welcomed by all in Napa Valley, where we don’t ever seem to get our fill. When the wet conditions lasted till the beginning of summer, everyone had had enough. One of the coolest summers on record followed. By mid-August it seemed that the beginning of “crush” was still a long ways away. Several heat spikes did push the fruit, causing some crop shrinkage, but mostly cool weather remained throughout September. Then a beautiful October (coinciding with the Giants playoff run) brought warmer, sunny days to help ripen some glorious fruit that is already showing deep, dark, colors and rich flavors. Luckily all was picked just before some end of harvest rains. Sweet torture indeed!

This newsletter features some new and exciting releases, available for the first time through our website. No more faxing or mailing in orders, your entire transaction can be safely concluded online. We are also working with a “state of the art” fulfillment house that will accurately ship your wines. You will receive tracking information sent to your email address. Like all new systems there is bound to be a learning curve for all of us, but if you have any problems please contact us at info@cohowines.com and we will do our best to expedite any issues.


2008 COHO Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - $45.00
Sourced from two small vineyards in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River, this is a beautiful Pinot Noir with bright fruit and depth of flavor. Lots of good acidity makes it extremely food friendly.

2008 COHO Headwaters - $42.00
The ’08 Headwaters is a worthy follow-up to the previous vintages. This Bordeaux blend welcomes for the first time a small amount of Cabernet Franc that adds additional aromatic and flavor nuances. Wine shop buyers are already telling us that this is another winner.

2007 COHO Michael Black Vineyard Merlot - $55.00
Maybe we are still “swimming against the flow” by having our most expensive wine be a Merlot. But shouldn’t that tell you something. This is another incredible wine from one of the top Merlot vineyards in California. The wine is rich and elegant, exhibiting pure varietal character with lots of aging potential. Plenty of producers on the right bank of the Gironde would love to work with fruit like this.

2007 SummitVine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon - $52.00
When told that “Wine Spectator” had awarded this wine 92 Points, the buyer from a top Bay Area wine shop, after tasting the wine, remarked that the score was three to four points low. We appreciate the sentiment, but ultimately any points are just an indication of the quality, not a precise measurement. What really matters to us is that you enjoy our wines, and we believe that is another one that should meet that criteria.

This is the fourth year that this mountain-top vineyard has given us wine. Each successive vintage has shown more richness and complex flavors, all presented within a balanced structure that while supple has every indication of age-worthiness.

These other delicious wines are still available on the site:

2007 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir - $45.00 (only 10 cases left)
2006 Michael Black Vineyard Merlot - $55.00
2006 SummitVine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon - $52.00

We want to again thank all our customers for your ongoing support of COHO. For those of you new to purchasing our wines, we want to add a special welcome. We hope that you too will enjoy the wines you may buy from us now and into the future.

“To Sunny Days and Cool Nights”

Brooks and Beth Painter Gary Lipp and Sheila Barry


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