Coho Headwaters Red 2013 | Napa Bordeaux Blend ready now – but if you wait….
Winemaker Philip Corallo-Titus first Bordeaux blend for Coho is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Coho Headwaters Red 2013 is opaque purple. While big, bold, and filled with sumptuous aromas of crushed black fruits, graphite, and cedar. Yet powerful and deeply layered, showing the intensity of the epic 2013 vintage. But light on its feet, packed with generous red and blue fruits, crème de cassis, and blackcurrants.
This stunning Bordeaux blend segues from a core of dark berry fruit to a dusty tannin finish tinged with crushed-rock minerality. Maybe drink Coho Headwaters Red 2013 now for its youthful generosity. Or hold another decade as complex flavors reveal the brilliance of cool-climate Coombsville.
93JS | Aromas of black currants with dried leaves and hints of cappuccino. Full-bodied with round, polished tannins, lots of blackberry character, some raisin notes and a persistent finish. Most of all, Coho Headwaters Red 2013 is full-bodied with round, polished tannins. While rich and voluptuous out the gate, it will go the distance.
Epic 2013 Vintage – will drink well to 2035+
What an epic vintage for Coho founder Gary Lipp to bring on a powerhouse winemaker like Phillip Corallo-Titus. We’d call the Coho Headwaters Red 2013 epic and awesome, with deep, richly layered flavors balanced by Old World restraint. A result of the vintage’s pristine berries drawn off meticulously farmed family-owned vineyards in the rock-strewn cooler Coombsville AVA.
2013 was one of the greatest years for cabernet sauvignon from Napa Valley in recent memory, Titus told us. I think the 2013 Headwaters is an exceptional wine from this exceptional vintage. With Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon from some top-notch vineyards blended with Petit Verdot and Merlot. First, the Cabernet gave structure and elegance to the blend as well as concentrated fruit and spice aromas and flavors. While the remainders adding “layers of complexity and richness.”
Winemaker Philip Corallo-Titus
Clearing rocks on weekends from his family’s soon to be vineyard north of St. Helena didn’t exactly make teenager Phillip Corallo-Titus dream of a life in wine. But eventually, French wine shared with his parents at the dinner table began to make Phillip reconsider his choice of a possible career. At UC Davis, Phillip studied agronomy, viticulture, and enology.
While a four-year stint at Chappellet as Assistant Winemaker starting in 1981 was followed by other winemaking opportunities at Stratford and Cartlidge & Brown wineries. Then in 1990, Donn Chappellet offered Phillip the position of winemaker back on Pritchard Hill, where he’s been ever since. In addition, he also oversees the winemaking at Titus his family’s winery.