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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 7 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2007 vintage.)
ProducerCopain (web)
VineyardJames Berry Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2019 (based on 10 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.7 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 95 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by nfafoglia on 4/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Nose of scorched earth and black licorice. Jammy black fruit and smoke on the palate. (390 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 4/17/2015 & rated 88 points: Nose: The nose shows a riper side with dark red cherries, licorice, blue fruits, liqueur, blueberry pie, and some glycerin tones.

Taste: Full bodied with youthful tannins. The structure is there, but it isn't overpowering with licorice, dark red cherries, liqueur tones, and some glycerin.

Overall: This is one the rich side and there is a slight sting from the heat. But, it does work if you want a bigger Syrah. (560 views)
 Tasted by rralls on 1/11/2015: Great stuff. (644 views)
 Tasted by Backdoctor on 12/29/2014 & rated 92 points: A big monster of a wine. Opened up nicely with some time in the glass. (677 views)
 Tasted by TMacpherson on 11/22/2014 & rated 95 points: Great wine. Ready to drink now but just make sure it gets some air. (887 views)
 Tasted by Dale M on 9/7/2014 & rated 92 points: My third and final bottle, and pretty clearly the best. Here the fruit was much more pure and defined, not to mention really tasty. Otherwise, this was a classic Paso Syrah from a warm year. Lots of black olive, black and blue fruits, iodine and a slightly heavy texture and palate weight. Should hold for a few years. (1052 views)
 Tasted by JR512 on 7/12/2014 & rated 93 points: Its definitely ready to drink. Beautiful nose, crimson color and enjoyable syrah. Wish I had more! (1075 views)
 Tasted by Mike Dildine on 6/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Just terrific. Meaty, smoky, deep and rich. Really a treat. (1183 views)
 Tasted by egh on 5/5/2014 & rated 90 points: 14.9% alcohol. Full bodied, penetrating, juicy, a bit rugged and gripping on the back end, and offering up an aromatic and flavor profile of blackberry, black raspberry, wood smoke/char, black pepper, dark chocolate, and lavender. This wine improved appreciably with significant/extended aeration (i.e. 4+ hours); Would recommend a vigorous decant. (1071 views)
 Tasted by rwstorer on 3/23/2014 & rated 89 points: - Crimsom color with medium forming legs and aromas of blackberry, raspberry, cherry and black pepper. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of blackberry and cherry with a full body. Narrow texture - This is finally starting to come around but still a bit uninteresting and flat. (1144 views)
 Tasted by S1 on 2/16/2014: This shows a lighter hand than the 05 we drank at the same time but otherwise the notes are really similar--light wild berry and smoke with better acidity and some powdery floral notes. (1135 views)
 Tasted by cpsmith33 on 12/15/2013 & rated 90 points: Drank over two nights. Not my favorite vintage or these or maybe just in a weird place...fruit was there but was lacking some of the secondary characteristics I was hoping for. Still very well made wine, easy to drink. (1221 views)
 Tasted by BillyRayValentine on 12/1/2013 & rated 88 points: Agree with recent tasting notes but this wine fell a little flat for me. Nothing bad, just nothing great. Meh. (1046 views)
 Tasted by Sovinator on 8/4/2013 & rated 91 points: Very enjoyable and made for a good pairing with summer BBQ. Spicy, dark fruits with some decent minerality. Would be happy to drink this wine every week. (1553 views)
 Tasted by Capricorn on 3/28/2013 & rated 92 points: Very fruity with dark berries and some tannins when first opened. After decanting for two hours, secondary flavors developed and tannins softened up. However, on the palate, I feel the flavors were never totally in balance. Nose is light and the finish wasn't very noticeable. ( I am holding a pretty high standard here) (1803 views)
 Tasted by Dale M on 3/10/2013 & rated 91 points: Decanted for 45 minutes. Very typical Copain JB, that is a tremendous push of dark fruits, camphor, blue flowers, and smoke that make an immediate and firm palate impression. Unlike my last bottle though in 2008, the fruit in the mid palate section seems to be in a bit of a rambunctious, adolescent phase, peeking out on some sips, hiding around the corner on the next. All the material seems present for a quality experience, as was this bottle, but I do suspect maybe a couple more years would level things out a tad, and deliver a more mature, complete wine. Very nice. (1762 views)
 Tasted by egh on 1/2/2013 & rated 90 points: 14.9% alcohol. Consumed over the course of two nights. On night one this was rather backward and tightly coiled with muted aromatics and the wine's structure and oak predominating on the palate. Much improved on night two with greater expressiveness and integration. Full bodied with appreciable structure, grip, density, and power with aromas and flavors of blackberry, black licorice, chocolate, road tar, and char/wood smoke. Very good, but preferred an '06 Hawks Butte I had a few weeks ago to this bottling. (1760 views)
 Tasted by S1 on 10/13/2012: decanted for 3 hours. This is somewhat closed right now. While still showing that funky Copain creosote dark fruit mix, the fruits are a little bit muted. Enjoyable but I'll wait a couple of years before the next bottle. (2226 views)
 Tasted by JR512 on 9/14/2012 & rated 92 points: very inky and heavy tannins when first opened. after decanting for 45 minutes, wine opened up. lots of fruit and delicious. (1782 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 8/31/2012 & rated 92 points: Nice nose but the palate was a bit closed compared to previous bottle. (1555 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 8/9/2012 & rated 93 points: Dark inky purple; dark black berries, juicy red raspberry as well, dried herbs, black licorice with a touch of burnt black cherry pie crust; rich, silky entry, excellent balance, medium + tannins, quite juicy but with good structure, medium + acidity, good juicy berry notes in the finish with a little heat. Very nicely structured and classy. (1367 views)
 Tasted by bound4er on 6/23/2012 & rated 89 points: Rather boring wine - chocolate on the nose, blue fruit and spice on the palate with nice structure. Hollow mid-palate. Not sure if aging will improve this - my guess is it won't. In a word - forgettable. (1633 views)
 Tasted by parathesis on 6/16/2012 & rated 92 points: Very nice. Drinking well. Glad I have several more (1406 views)
 Tasted by nbrue on 4/15/2012 & rated 93 points: At the Club with friends. PnP and it took about 30 minutes to fully open. Jammy but with definition and a perfect match with the hot food from the buffet tables and above all the meat dishes. Plenty of life left in this wine. (1590 views)
 Tasted by silton on 3/12/2012 & rated 92 points: Great full bodied Syrah fruit in a more refined and integrated package than I was expecting. Drank well with an hour's decant. A touch better than comparable Copain central coast Syrahs from that era. (1741 views)
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Vinous, May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138
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2006 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Winemaker Tasting Notes

This wine had great aromatics of crushed stone, kirsch and creosote that gives way to blue floral notes as the wine opens up. Dark briery black fruits fill the palate and lead to a finish of dark chocolate and framboise all balanced with chalky fine grained tannins and good acidity. Decanting is suggested for early consumption. Another two years in the cellar, this wine should start to drink well and continue for the next 10-12 years.


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James Berry Vineyard

Under the expert care of Justin Smith, James Berry Vineyard has quickly established itself as one of the premiere Rhône varietal vineyards in the state. The “Carlisle” block of James Berry Vineyard is located just below the terraced “Bone Rock” section and is planted to Syrah clones 470 and 174. Justin practices sustainable farming, using no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. And with the limestone laden soils and devigorating rootstock, the vines struggle, yielding small quantities of intensely flavored fruit.
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Set apart by unique climate and geography, Paso Robles Wine Country provides prime growing conditions for more than 40 varietals planted over 26,000 acres of vineyards. More than 170 wineries craft this fruit into premium wines, gaining recognition around the world. The fruit, the wines and the distinct environment have quickly made Paso Robles California's third largest and fastest growing wine region.

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