COHO Wines – The 10th Anniversary C2

What to do to mark a ten year anniversary…?

If you are a wine geek, you know of COHO and their well-made and very reasonably priced Napa wines.  For you non-grape geeks, here is a bit of a backgrounder.  After years in the industry working for other wineries, founders Gary Lipp and Brooks Painter decided to strike out on their own in 2002.  The goal was to produce well-crafted and balanced wines, and to sell them at a sane price point.  COHO was born…

As for the name… Legend has it that the COHO tag was inspired by an ancient Celtic legend: the Salmon of Knowledge, as well as their commitment to habitat preservation and restoration.  Nicely done…
Concentrating on single vineyard wines and a top-flight Bordeaux blend, COHO has gained a well-earned reputation for consistency in the wine press. After 10 years of hard work and making these exceptional wines, one has to celebrate, yes..?

Which brings us to the 10th Anniversary 2012 COHO C2. 

What better way to represent the winery than with a combination of their top two (C2) single vineyard wines, the SummitVine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and the Michael Black Vineyard Merlot.  There is a splash of Chinn Vineyard Petit Verdot as well, to make things happy.  To appease the afore-mentioned wine geeks, the production notes are as follows:

Varietal Composition:      54% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Appellation:                       Napa Valley (from Coombsville and Diamond Mountain)

Clone:                                  Merlot-Black, Cabernet Sauvignon-337, Petit Verdot-181
Crush:                                  100% whole berries

Pre-fermentation:             5 days cold soak at 55 degrees F.
Fermentation:                    8 days followed by malo-lactic fermentation in barrels

Aging:                                  21 months in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new
Bottled:                               July 21, 2014

Production:                        277 cases (9 liter equivalent)
Release Date:                    October 1, 2015

Noted wine reviewer James Suckling says:  Fresh and beautiful with blueberry, boysenberry and spice character. Hints of cedar and wood too. Full body, firm tannins and a bright finish. Gorgeous. Drink or hold. 93 Points

That, my friends, is how to mark a ten year anniversary..!  As you can see, this is not a big production wine.  I recommend you put in the effort to track a bottle down and add to your cellar.