COHO is the aspiration of vintner Gary Lipp to produce flavorful, balanced wines. Grown in select cool-climate vineyards, COHO wines emphasize fruit purity and vitality. Gary has worked for California wineries for almost thirty-five years: involved in all aspects of the craft, acquiring the skills to bottle his passion.
The choice of COHO as the name of the brand might seem curious as it doesn’t invoke images of vineyards or wine, but to us the salmon embodies an innate wisdom so 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.
Founded in 2002, COHO makes wines that are easy to enjoy, full of flavor and reasonably priced. COHO has garnered recognition from the press, wine trade, and wine lovers for the quality and value of unique and well-priced wines.
Coho 2017 Headwaters “Bordeaux Blend” Napa Valley
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On the nose this wine shows gorgeous aromas of black and red stone fruit. On the palate one encounters a well-balanced, cohesive wine that is flashy and opulent showcasing stellar black and red stone fruit with a touch of chocolate and a whiff of toastiness, it has great vibrancy and an amazing balance of beautiful fruit and subtle acidity. This is a wine that will age nicely. The finish is gorgeous and lasts a good thirty seconds. This wine is drinking well now, and will age well for 7-10 years.
Winery Notes: “Most vintages of COHO Headwaters, our Bordeaux-style blend, have leaned towards a Left-Bank approach to varietal composition, more Cabernet Sauvignon than Merlot. The exception was 2005, the first vintage of Headwaters, which was predominately Merlot. For our 2017 offering the stylistics are again inspired by the Right-Bank of the Gironde, with Merlot comprising the majority of the blend. However, all the fruit for this wine was grown on the right bank of the Napa River, from vineyards in Coombsville, South Napa, and Sage Canyon.
This is a wine that delivers a most pleasant surprise. The nose greets you with aromas of just ripe black cherries and sweet vanillin notes. Upon entry the palate is treated to the succulent character of fine Merlot: cherries, blackberries, and black olives. Rich and supple, the wine lingers through the finish revealing velvety tannins. Once a sip or two has been enjoyed, what at first seemed to be a very enjoyable wine expands to be almost profound. Lots here to love.”
Wine Spectator 93 Points: “Aromatic, with warm espresso, sage and worn leather notes leading off, backed by a core of slightly chewy mulled currant, fig and huckleberry flavors. Keeps an old-school bent through the finish, revealing a flash of cast iron. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030.”