On the nose, this wine shows gorgeous aromas of black and red stone fruit. On the palate one encounters a well-balanced, cohesive wine that is flashy and opulent showcasing stellar black and red stone fruit with a touch of chocolate and a whiff of toastiness, it has great vibrancy and an amazing balance of beautiful fruit and subtle acidity. This is a wine that will age nicely. The finish is gorgeous and lasts a good thirty seconds. This wine is drinking well now and will age well for 7-10 years.
James Suckling 94 Points: “Dark plums, mulberries, cloves, and earthy undertones. It’s full-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Full and fruity with structure and freshness on the palate. Long finish. Very polished”
Wine Spectator 93 Points: “Ripe but fresh, this lets alluring boysenberry and mulberry notes stretch out slowly, with a mix of singed apple wood and anise playing a supporting role. Reveals light bramble and violet hints that peek in on the well-fruited finish. Shows good embedded energy. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2035.”
Winery Notes: “Most vintages of COHO Headwaters, our Bordeaux-style blend, have leaned towards a Left-Bank approach to varietal composition, more Cabernet Sauvignon than Merlot. The exception was 2005, the first vintage of Headwaters, which was predominately Merlot. For our 2018 offering, the stylistics are again inspired by the Right-Bank of the Gironde, with Merlot comprising the majority of the blend. However, all the fruit for this wine was grown on the right bank of the Napa River, from vineyards in Coombsville, South Napa, and Sage Canyon.
This wine delivers a most pleasant surprise. The nose greets you with aromas of just ripe black cherries and sweet vanillin notes. Upon entry, the palate is treated to the succulent character of fine Merlot: cherries, blackberries, and black olives. Rich and supple, the wine lingers through the finish revealing velvety tannins. Once a sip or two has been enjoyed, what at first seemed to be a very enjoyable wine expands to be almost profound. Lots here to love.”