2009 Coho Cabernet Sauvignon Summitvine Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"Intense and vibrant, if veering into a patch of barnyard, with roasted coffee, dried herb and berry, ending with chewy tannins. Best from 2013 through 2023. 707 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Summit Vine Ranch comes across as quite deep and powerful, with generous dark fruit that fills out its broad frame nicely. This could use another few years for the tannins to soften, but it is very nicely balanced. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. " (WA)

"Bright, full red. Sexy, claret-like aromas of black cherry, fresh herbs, chocolate and leather. The palate shows good sweetness and depth to the mellow flavors of cherry, leather, game and underbrush. Finishes with a serious dusting of tannins and good aromatic persistence." (IWC)

"A first-class Cabernet, this is dry, richly tannic and mouthwateringly tart in acidity. It shows savory blackberry and cherry flavors, while the oak gives it an umami tang of smoke. Drink now-2016. — S.H. (8/1/2012)" (WE)

Winery Notes:
In 2004 we met Michael and Susan Klopka who had lovingly planted a small Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard near the top of Diamond Mountain in the northern end of Napa Valley. One look at the porous, red volcanic soils, and the exposure to the cool afternoon breezes coming all the way from Lake Sonoma, we were convinced that this had the makings of an outstanding Cabernet vineyard. The northwest hillside exposure provides plenty of hang time, and the long, sunny days slowly ripen the grapes to perfection.

The first year the vineyard produced wine was 2004 and each year we have seen very dark and rich wines, with intense black cherry and black olive aromas and layers of velvety currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit in the mouth. Stunning and remarkably elegant, they exhibit a dense core of fleshy, black fruit. These wines are immaculately balanced that finish long and complex with firm, integrated tannins.

We have presented the 2007 and 2008 SummitVine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (barrel samples) at the last two Napa Valley Vintners “Premiere” Auctions. These trade only events held annually in February give the members of the wine trade from around the world a first look and the opportunity to bid on some of Napa’s best wines. We have been very gratified by the extremely positive comments the wines have received as well as the high bids, surpassing many better known and higher priced wines.