Coho Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
There are many ways to craft a delicious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Not owning any of our own vineyards creates the opportunity for COHO to develop relationships with several small wine growers throughout Napa Valley. We work closely with them at all stages of the grapes development on the vine, discussing each challenge and contingency that Mother Nature delivers over the course of a growing season. COHO’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon includes vineyards as diverse as SummitVine Ranch near the top of Diamond Mountain, the Perata Vineyard on State Lane off Yountville Cross Road, and several small Cabernet, Merlot, and Petit Verdot vineyards located in the cool, rocky hillsides in Coombsville. Examining each lot separately and then in various combinations allows COHO to build a wine that best reflects our goal of balanced supple wines; rich in spice and flavor, while maintaining the structure to keep the wine lively on the palate.
Our choice of Coho as the name of our 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.
One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.
Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.