2016 Michael Black Vineyard Napa Valley Merlot
Merlot •Michael Black Vineyard
California: Napa Valley: Coombsville
Coho a go go
Can you believe 2021 is HALFWAY over?? Crazy.
Almost as crazy as this smashing good COHO Merlot. If you crave BIG, amped-up, supercharged reds please put whatever you’re doing on hold and smash the order button on this single-vineyard stunner. 94 and 93 points, with a serious pedigree, and the ability to CRUSH similarly styled Merlots for a fraction of the price!
Coho has been a Wine Spies favorite for how many years??
For good reason, too because they push the meaning of QPR to new limits again and again. Proprietor Gary Lipp has decades of experience, creating hits at a few places you might recognize: Robert Mondavi, Jackson Family, Paul Hobbs, Chappellet, to name a few. Winemaker Phillip Titus, also plucked from Chappellet stardom, has an impeccable track record with numerous 99-100 pointers under his belt, with his magic being to deliver a no-nonsense force of a wine.
From a prime vineyard brought to the limelight by Paul Hobbs this is a “Cab lovers Merlot” if ever there was one.
In other words, you MUST enjoy staggering levels of dark black and red fruit. This isn’t your mother-in-law’s Merlot… instead, think Pomerol in Napa. It’s wide like Kim K’s behind. Expansive like the IC 1011 galaxy. And DARK. Like, the streetlights come on when you open it. This stuff is piled high with ripe black cherry, roasted plum, freshly laid tar, bay leaf, and vanilla bean. Did we mention structured and BIG?
You could put this right alongside the other top gun Merlot out there - Pahlmeyer, Duckhorn, Mt. Brave, Lewis, Pride, Paradigm. The only difference? That price, especially with our exclusive deal today!
Been an Operative long enough, you know how fast the Coho go.
Get yours before it’s too late…
94 Points – Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor
“Coho owner Gary Lipp is approaching 20 years of owner and operating Coho Winery. Since his Day One he’s insisted Coho prioritize grace & complexity and avoid over-extraction. The vineyard, winemaking (by Philip Titus) and 2016 vintage make for a “bigger” Merlot by Coho standards, and I like it…a lot! Sweet, rich aromas of black cherry liqueur, black licorice, cinnamon sticks and roast coffee. In the mouth the 2016 Coho Merlot Michael Black moves to the dark red fruit spectrum with pomegranates, deep raspberry and very ripe plums on the fruit side & five-spice, cola, cinnamon toast and mocha on the non-fruit side. Pleasing core of acidity and super-fine tannins. This is a real winner from Coho that you should pluck up before it’s too late.”
93 Points – James Suckling
“This has a vibrant array of ripe dark plums and blackberries on offer with a supple, fleshy feel to the palate that carries such impressive poise and balance. Deep flavors and velvety rich tannins here. Drink or hold.”
Deep purple to the rim, with black as midnight inking the rest of the glass, barely swirling with weight
staggering levels of dark black and red fruit, dark like, the streetlights come on when you open it
Piled high with ripe black cherry, roasted plum, freshly laid tar, bay leaf, and vanilla bean
Long as an eternity, wide like Kim K’s behind, and expansive like the IC 1011 galaxy
Is there a steak cut and prep you think would crush your typical red? Try it with this!
What the Winery Says
- Philip Titus
- 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot
- Coombsville, Napa Valley
- Michael Black Vineyard
- Bottling date
- July 11, 2018
- 21 months
- 45% new French oak