Inaugural Coho Release from Chappellet’s Phil Titus
Since we first offered Coho Headwaters Proprietary Red, Wine Access clients have given 499 4-star and 214 5-star reviews — with raves that exceed word counts. This latest vintage was authored by Chappellet’s Phillip Corallo-Titus, who took the reins as winemaker in 2013. Titus’s 98+point Cabernets drawn off Pritchard Hill (including one 99+point Parker score in 2012) are the stuff of legend. Parker has also praised Titus’ eponymous label for its “consistent high quality” — and now, all of 30+ years of expertise are pouring into Coho. His 2013 “Headwaters” captures the full-throttle intensity of Parker’s “greatest vintage in 37 years.” 93 points from James Suckling, who called it “full-bodied with round, polished tannins.” Rich and voluptuous out the gate, it will go the distance. Released at $62, offered at $39.99 per bottle today — 35% off.
What an epic vintage for Coho founder Gary Lipp to bring on a powerhouse winemaker like Phil Titus. In case you missed it, Robert Parker has called 2013 “one of the all-time classics” and “the most epic and awesome vintages the North Coast of California has ever produced.” We’d call the 2013 “Headwaters” Proprietary Red epic and awesome, with deep, richly layered flavors balanced by Old World restraint — the 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 “The Cabernet gave structure and elegance to the blend as well as concentrated fruit and spice aromas and flavors,” said Titus with the remainders adding “layers of complexity and richness.”
After 11 terrific vintages, former Stag’s Leap winemaker Brooks Painter handed the baton to Titus and you heard it here first — 2013 is a watershed year for Coho Headwaters.