A stunningly good wine, the Coho Merlot Michael Black 2013 delivers a Right Bank Bordeaux aroma along with a Napa Valley ripe fruit and textural impact. Sweet and savory are in unison. There’s black licorice, espresso, oiled leather, black truffle and ripe cherry that starts dark red and moves to black as the wine breathes. Also, as it opens, the wine gets more bold, spicy and broader on the finish. Damn this is good. One of the best $55 Napa Valley Bordeaux-style wines I’ve ever had.
Since 2002 Coho has produced small lots of delicious red wines full of character and generosity. Owner Gary Lipp took full ownership of Coho in 2014 and brought on Philip Titus (Chappellet, Titus Vineyards) as his winemaker. The Coho Wines are delicious and as good as they’ve ever been. I especially like how Gary is able to hold the wines longer than most before release so they’re ready, or close to ready, to drink!
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