Gary Lipp had worked in California's wine industry for 35 years before founding his iconic winery, Coho. It is named to honor the resourcefulness and wisdom of salmon, one of the keenest fish in the water.
Gary sources his grapes from the Stanly Ranch Vineyard located in the Carneros District of Napa. It is the only appellation that we know of in California that is half in Napa and half in Sonoma. You don't have to even put what county your grapes are in, as long it's in Carneros, though most do.
Stanly Ranch is one of the oldest vineyards in the state, having first been planted in the 1870s. It also has some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in California, which is what drew Gary to the vineyard. It received early recognition as a superior grape-growing area and to this date, it still is.
The grapes are gently crushed at 55? to allow fermentation to begin very slowly. This technique leaves the juice in contact with the skins for a longer period of time, to extract color and authority. The result can only be described as power and glory.
Pinot Noir is a delicate grape, but it's not flimsy. Our selection has all the sensuality of the grape, but its grace is equal to its punch. Cherry, spiced apple and earth combine for an exciting match with roasted squab with wild rice and wild mushrooms.