44% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 15% Carignane, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier. Napa Valley and Lodi are the two main sources for the grapes. The Syrah (from Phoenix Ranch in Southern Napa) takes centerstage with its dark blueberry/blackberry, black olive, peppery, intense smell and flavor. This is rich, ripe and strong. You get a lot of flavor and quality for your money here…that said, I suspect it will greatly improve with another year in bottle. Keep some around until summer 2019 if you can.
I highly recommend you get to know the three labels under the Cochon “umbrella.” They are Cochon, Odisea and Élevé. They are all made by, and co-owned by, Adam Webb. The number of wines they make is too long to list (I count 19 wines on a current tasting sheet from their wine bar). While I think the number of wines could be decreased to improve brand focus (Adam agrees and is trying to cut a few labels), I’m impressed that wine quality doesn’t seem to suffer because of this. Anyway, take a look at Cochon website and make a trip to Sonoma to taste in their wine bar. Speaking of which…
Members of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor are VIPs at Cochon Wines. Members receive up to two complimentary wine-flights per visit (one flight for Member, one for Member’s guest). See the Winery VIP Tastings Page for more information and all participating wineries.
Here are all the Cochon wines reviewed on Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor