2007 Coho "Michael Black Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1067661 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Merlot Michael Black Vineyard possesses copious amounts of black cherry and berry fruit intermixed with notions of spice, earth and coffee beans, loads of fruit and a fleshy, succulent mouthfeel. There is some nice structure in the background. Drink this serious Merlot over the next decade.  (12/2010)

K&L Notes

This comes from viticulturist Michael Black's home vineyard, which is planted to a clone of Merlot he propagated himself to create small clusters with small berries. Coho has been buying all of the fruit from this property since 2004, and so it's the only producer of this supremely concentrated Merlot. Aged in half new French oak, the wine has deep currant and mocha aromas that give way to a rich, densely fruited palate with tangy black cherry and currant flavors. The tannins are velvety on the tongue, making this a big wine you can drink tonight with the right food, or something to cellar for the years ahead.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2011 | Send Email
This is an outstanding Merlot from a great vineyard. This should stop the quote "We are not drinking Merlot!" from every being used again. Spice and dark plum on the nose and palate with the rich mouth feel balanced by plenty of structure. Think of this as a wine to age as well. We tasted the 05 right behind the 07 and it was just beginning to show some secondary flavors.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.