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Coho Wines

Coho 2008 Pinot Noir “Stanly Ranch”  Carneros
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99

This wine comes three distinct Dijon clones of Pinot Noir on Stanly Ranch in Los Carneros. Ripe aromas of black cherry, wild berry and enticing ripe plum aromas mingle with floral violet scents with a toasted almond and vanilla-infused bouquet. Rich and mouth-filling on entry, where the opulent texture reveals layered black cherry, plum and red currant flavors and fine-grained tannins which builds finesse on the elegant finish.   Only 411 six-pack cases produced. (One full case gets FREE SHIPPING. Yes, you can mix and match)

Coho 2008 Pinot Noir Russian River Ranch
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99

The Green Valley area of the Russian River Valley is famous for its cool climate and sandy-loam Goldridge soils that provide excellent drainage and low soil fertility. This combination produces Pinot Noir with a distinct intensity of fruit aroma and bright flavors. The Coho 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has perfumed, deep black cherry and crisp cranberry aromas, with hints of fragrant dried rose petals, cinnamon and cigar box. The wine is rich with forward fruit and focused “Pinot” aromas coupled with supple tannins and a lush texture on the finish. (One full case gets FREE SHIPPING. Yes, you can mix and match)

We still have small amounts of the following Coho wines left:

2007 Coho Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Coho Merlot
2008 Coho Headwaters Cabernet blend

The Story of the Coho Salmon and Coho Wines

Coho SalmonCoho wines are inspired by the Salmon of North Pacific and Celtic legend. The salmon embodies an innate wisdom, essential to understanding ourselves and our environment. As stewards of the land winemakers must strive to sustain our habitat and the species that share it. And like the salmon we need the steadfast will to keep going no matter how difficult the journey.

Like all the other Northern Pacific salmon, Coho were revered by the indigenous people of the northern Pacific basin; from California to Japan. There are countless stories and legends amongst many cultures that exalt the salmon for their wisdom and generosity. Not only do the salmon feed humans and other animals, but their decomposing bodies enrich the soils near the shallow pools where they spawn and die. A UC Davis study a few years ago traced elemental “fingerprints” called nitrogen isotopes, that have their origin in salmon, were present in grapes grown near salmon rich creeks and streams.

Native fish in California are in a crisis as habitat continues to disappear at alarming rates. Restoring and maintaining habitat for salmon and other native plants and animals is essential to keeping a natural balance in the world we share with them. There are many wonderful organizations that are committed to this important work. Below are links to several of them.