Michael Black Vineyard-North Ave.
2013 Merlot

2015 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 19 | Lot No. 198



Michael Black Vineyard-North Ave.


5 cases produced


  • This vineyard is planted with a unique clonal selection propagated by Michael Black
  • The small berries and clusters produce highly aromatic and very structured fruit
  • The limiting soils of volcanic rock normally yield a precious 1¼ tons per acre

Michael Black is one of the preeminent viticulturists in Northern California, having planted some of the regions most famous vineyards. His love affair with Merlot started in the 1970's and he soon began collecting "wood" from Merlot vineyards that he admired. He eventually propagated a unique clonal selection that he used to plant a vineyard in 1987 on the hillside where he lives. COHO is honored to be the winery that produces this highly aromatic, flavorful, and structured Merlot.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Brooks Painter

Winemaker, Coho

Winemaker, Brooks Painter

Brooks Painter, partner and winemaker for Coho, has been a winemaker for 30 years. He has experience making ultra-premium varietal wines from throughout the grape-growing regions of California. He currently is director of winemaking at V. Sattui Winery and Castello di Amorosa. Other most recent positions were as winemaking operations manager at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, and with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars as assistant winemaker/grower relations manager and quality control manager from 1995-1999.

Country born: United States

Education: Brooks received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology from The University of California at Santa Cruz in 1980

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Honors / Awards:
Brook's work has been published in The American Journal of Viticulture and Enology, Biochemistry, Practical Winery and Wines & Vines. Brooks is a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and a former chair of the Microbiology Committee for C.E.R.A. (California Enological Research Association). He is a current Board Member for the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and a technical reviewer for enology research proposals submitted to the American Vineyard Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by the wine industry to provide grant money for research areas of importance to the industry. Brooks has taught classes on wine and grape growing for the California Academy of Sciences, Adult and Family Education, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California.

Winemaking Philosophy:
Hands-on vineyard management for enhanced quality, flavor intensity and vine balance, coupled with innovative fermentation management and extraction techniques for the production of classically styled red wine


3690 J King Street
Alexandria  VA  22302


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