Despite Mother Nature raging near and far the past few months, I selfishly have enjoyed a wonderful, cool growing season that began to culminate with our first grapes picked last Monday. Warm temperatures this week signal that more are getting ready to follow.
Despite the fires that have caused so much havoc and destruction around us this year, the vineyard areas of Napa Valley have so far been left alone to produce what I think has the potential to make some lovely wines (knock on wood). Of course, only time will tell, but it’s very encouraging to sample fruit in the vineyards that is expressing such rich flavors and bright acidity.
I wanted to let you know that COHO is part of a new tasting studio across from the Oxbow Market near downtown Napa, called “Feast It Forward”. More accurately put, Feast It Forward is much more than just a wine tasting room; other components are food, cooking, music, and charitable giving. It’s a fun place to visit and taste wines. Also, it’s very child friendly with activities to amuse younger visitors not quite ready to imbibe.
On any given day there will be two COHO wines to enjoy by the glass or bottle, as well as a selection of wines from the other collaborating vintners. You don’t need an appointment, just stop in at 1031 McKinstry Street, Napa. The website address is www.feastitforward.com/visit/, check it out.
I am most happy to introduce you to a new release, the 2014 COHO Headwaters. The fruit is primarily from the Coombsville appellation, and it shows. The aromatics are bright and spicy, with notes of anise, baking spices, and savory herbs. The dark berry flavors on the palate are full and rich with a silky texture that caresses the tongue. The balance of fruit and acid, a COHO trademark, is very apparent, lingering into the long finish.
2014 was winemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus’ first year making the COHO wines start to finish. I believe that this Headwaters reflects the skills and passion he’s acquired over a thirty-year plus career making outstanding wines in Napa Valley. The cepage is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 11% Petit Verdot. The price remains $52.00 a bottle.
The other wines included in this Fall 2018 offer are the 2013 Michael Black Vineyard Merlot, 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2014 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir. I’m really pleased with how well all these wines are drinking and I’m sure you will enjoy them too. Please note that we are down to less than 25 cases of the 2014 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir, which has been an extremely popular wine. This will be your last chance to pick some up, just in time to accompany all the autumn foods that it goes so well with.
To help motivate you to begin enjoying all these wines I am offering a 15% discount on the purchase of 6-11 bottles, and a 20% discount on 12 or more bottles. This promotion will be good on purchases through October 13th.
As early fall temperatures in Texas and the states in the Southeast can still be quite warm, I encourage you to choose the FedEx Cold Ship option to ensure that your wines arrive in the best possible condition.
As always, I sincerely thank you for your support of COHO.