COHO Wines COHO Headwaters Napa Valley Red Wine Review

This wine showcases why, if you can, you should try to lay your red wines down for a few years before consuming them. It was likely more puckery and astringent when it was younger, but has matured into a food-friendly red wine.

Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick

COHO Headwaters Napa Valley Red Wine
COHO Headwaters Napa Valley Red Wine: front of bottle with wine in glass

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About this Wine

Wine: 2017 COHO Headwaters Napa Valley Red Wine
Blend: 81% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Winery: COHO Wines
Region: Napa Valley, California
Cases produced: 1,164
Retail price: $56
I consumed it: September 2022
My source: The Signature Series of The California Wine Club

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From this wine club: The Signature Series of The California Wine Club

From this winery: COHO Wines

Region: Napa Valley, California

Wine color/style: Red wine

Grape variety or blend: Bordeaux blend

Tasting notes: Red fruit, Cherry, Blackberry

Other characteristics: Small production

COHO Headwaters Napa Valley Red Wine: What I think

I appreciate that The California Wine Club sometimes sends out “back vintages” in their Signature Series club. In this case, the well-integrated tannins from this five year old wine are a great contrast with the young Barden Pinot Noir (which I received in the same shipment).

I tend to like Napa’s Merlot-driven selections. Napa wineries don’t charge as much for Merlot (thanks to the movie Sideways maligning the poor but important grape), but the wineries that produce it expect the same high quality standards that make Napa Cab so coveted (because it’s in a lot of their high-priced Cabernet Sauvignon). Also, I tend to like Merlot because it’s a fruit-forward red wine; this one featured cherries and blackberries.

Last updated: March 18, 2023

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