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2012 Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble

Anderson Valley more

5/21/2015 - Wicked Panda wrote: 88 points

It's a decent Pinot. Hits most of the classic notes on expects. Clean and crisp. However I've had better for less.

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2007 Copain Syrah Garys' Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

5/19/2015 - Giggs wrote: 91 points

Not decanted, but would have benefited from 30-45 minutes. Really nice bottle, highly concentrated, black marker ink, some camphor-meets-acetone, tons of juicy black plum and blackberry yet quite savory with the raw meat/game coming through on the palate and an nice nutty oak edge accenting the finish. Seems to be at peak and I wouldn't hold any longer. Drink now.

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2011 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard

Yorkville Highlands more

5/16/2015 - TastdaTore wrote: 89 points

Trenger mye luft. Lenger lagring. Potensialie i denne vinen

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2012 Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble

Anderson Valley more

5/19/2015 - bin905 wrote: 87 points

Effervescent initially. Seemed a bit off - maybe a flawed bottle. Delicate earth, mineral, raspberry and herb flavor with fine tannins. Maybe it would be better as a chilled summer quaffer.

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2010 Copain Pinot Noir "En Haut" Kiser

Anderson Valley more

5/19/2015 - western Likes this wine: 90 points

Fruit driven, New World in style. Nice if you like this style. Lacks complexity and terroir. May improve with more bottle age.

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2006 Copain Syrah Harrison Clarke

Santa Ynez Valley more

5/19/2015 - DSimmons Likes this wine: 92 points

My last bottle of this delicious wine. I would say this is in prime time and ready to drink up. Nice fruit, spice and earthy notes.

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2009 Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser

Anderson Valley more

5/17/2015 - rickv2wine Likes this wine: 93 points

Drinking beautifully now and what you 12 for several more years.

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2012 Copain Chardonnay Dupratt Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

5/17/2015 - RobertB321 Likes this wine: 90 points

Aromas of honeysuckle and citrus. Semi tart citrus flavors. A small amount of burn on the aftertaste. Decent finish.

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2012 Copain Chardonnay Laureles Grade

Carmel Valley more

5/16/2015 - RobertB321 Likes this wine: 90 points

Very light color. Aromas of honeysuckle. Well balanced. Decent finish. Semi tart flavors.

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2004 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

5/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Copain Dinner With Wells Guthrie In The OC (The Loft @ Montage, Laguna Beach CA): Opened from mag in prep for dinner this evening, poured at room temp of 65f. Man, the cork on this mag just 'sploded and crumbled it was so dry. Not a pleasant way to get this going. Listed ABV of 14.6%, can't see the winery ever making something this big again, which I appreciate. This exhibits right from the chute a light raisin quality, with some encouraging structure. It's got black fruit, but also some red to keep it contrasted. Aromatically, there isn't any heat here that I can find, and instead, just a touch of 2ndary notes that help suggest some age. Charcoal and tar frame the fruit, which also has some inflection of age too. Not sure how another 8 hours of air will treat this wine but we'll see over dinner later....over dinner, this seemed to strike a note with several at the table, all who had varying palate preferences. Whether it was the fruit from the bigger year (and I found no heat) or the cigar box/spice notes from the accumulating bottle age, it was unique and delicious. Wells reminded me when we were discussing it over dinner that he made this wine 100% whole cluster. Such a unique perspective on older Copain syrah, and James Berry to boot. My last one, goodbye old friend!

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2010 Copain Syrah Brosseau Vineyard

Chalone more

5/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Copain Dinner With Wells Guthrie In The OC (The Loft @ Montage, Laguna Beach CA): Opened from mag in prep for dinner this evening, poured at room temp of 64f. Listed ABV is 13.0%. Eager to try this and get it some air too, as I know in its history it can be a beast from right bottle. Poured next to the 12 Baker Ranch, which is a different animal in color, as this Brosseau is several shades darker. This is indeed tight, with lots of red and blue fruit coiled up, along with charcoal and some rock. The blue fruit is laying underneath the structure, the acidity, for sure. The air this will need over the next 8 hours for dinner is going to be a big help.

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2012 Copain Syrah Baker Ranch

Anderson Valley more

5/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Copain Dinner With Wells Guthrie In The OC (The Loft @ Montage, Laguna Beach CA): Opened in prep for dinner this evening, poured at room temp of 66f. Listed at 12.4%, which I find unique given the ripeness potential that the 12 vintage permitted. Boy, right from bottle, this shows its structure and grip. Tannic. Aromatics show the lift of potpourri and graphite. This Baker shows the elegant style of the new era Copain syrahs, reminding me stylistically of the 10 vintage, where there is plenty of fresh fruit and then the finish allows for the game and meatier notes to fill in. Like the 10, the berry freshness and moderate color to allow the wine to be heavy. For me, what I believe is the real essence of the new era Copain syrahs is the ability to get lots of freshness at low ABV. Beautiful in the new Copain style.

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2012 Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser

Anderson Valley more

5/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Copain Dinner With Wells Guthrie In The OC (The Loft @ Montage, Laguna Beach CA): Opened from mag in prep for dinner this evening, poured at room temp of 66f. Poured next to the 12 Haut, with the Bas exhibiting just a bit darker color. The alcs are nearly identical at 13.3% FWIW. Man, this is juicy and zesty, which I did not find in the 12 Haut. Blueberry and raspberry just working together, ending in a zesty finish. Funny, if you blinded me on this wine, I'd guess 11 vintage, as I find this zesty quality to be unique to that vintage. What is clear here for me right now is that there is more present acidity in the Bas at this stage as compared to the Haut. The aromatics on the Bas here are more present, obvious than the Haut--more floral and brighter. My sense is this Bas is going to be the richer, more obvious and attention getting of the two wines but we'll see how air treats them both and re-taste later at dinner. For now, really good, really zesty and alive....wow. The extra air really brought the wine together, and it showed a smoother balance of black and red fruit when we poured it at dinner. Just classy and complete.

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2012 Copain Pinot Noir "En Haut" Kiser

Anderson Valley more

5/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Copain Dinner With Wells Guthrie In The OC (The Loft @ Montage, Laguna Beach CA): Opened from mag in prep for dinner this evening, poured at room temp of 66f. Tasted next to the 12 En Bas for context. Both wines have nearly identical alcs of 13.3% (Haut is 13.2%). The Haut pours just a tad lighter color too, which is one data point for difference. The 12 Haut Reminds me of the 12 Wendling, showing plenty of dark, zesty fruit--apple, raspberry and some blueberry, too. Real good depth here, a brooding type of core that carries into the finish. Has the Haut underpinning of mineral structure, holding all the intensity of the wine together. Haut for me is often like the old phrase, iron fist/velvet glove. Feels like that here. Serving later so will give this bugger another 8 hours to soften and emerge....at dinner, this seemed to outclass just a hair the 12 En Bas. Hell, that wine is damn good but what you get with En Haut is more blue and red tones, and both a balance and awesome core, much like what great En Haut will do when it is on. For 12 Kiser, it's going to come down to what you want in the fruit. But man, this En Haut is such great stuff, like a rally to the iconic 07 that is still aging and getting better.

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2013 Copain Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

5/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Copain Dinner With Wells Guthrie In The OC (The Loft @ Montage, Laguna Beach CA): Opened from mag in prep for dinner this evening, poured at room temp of 66f. Tasted next to the 12 as well, so there is that added context here. The alcs on both wines are close for 12 and 13, with 13.6% and 13.3%, respectively. Immediately, I can tell a difference between the 12 and 13. The 12 is more sauvage, maybe more intense while the 13 is more polished, showing traits of barrel sample, with a touch of French oak showing and mainly just fruit. In this 13, the fruit is more pure red, with strawberry jam and red apple, showing different from the darker red tones of the 12. I don't get the game or herb notes of the 12 either, basically the depth or complexity the 12 is showing. Still about 8 hours before we serve this so back in with the cork and let's see how it does later.

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2012 Copain Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

5/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Copain Dinner With Wells Guthrie In The OC (The Loft @ Montage, Laguna Beach CA): Opened early in prep for dinner this evening, poured at room temp of 66f. Beautiful right out of bottle. Shows a dark tone of raspberry, dark apple, with a truffle tone in the finish. Think of red berries with a brushing of light smoke, herb and game, sitting in a mineral finish. Just so good, and this is again right out of the bottle with no air. Will pour later with dinner so letting some slow ox air do its thing........go, this is so good, it hurts. Truffle, dark fruit, powdered rock aroma. Intense, some zesty tones and such a standout on the table. When I was tasting through this at dinner, it just struck me how lights out good this wine is, and what is remarkable is that this was the first vintage the winery bottled. I can only imagine how much a player this is going to be against both Kiser and Bearwallow as the future unfolds. Wow, WOTY candidate, for sure.

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2013 Copain Chardonnay Laureles Grade

Carmel Valley more

5/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Copain Dinner With Wells Guthrie In The OC (The Loft @ Montage, Laguna Beach CA): Opened from mag in prep for dinner this evening, poured at room temp of 66f. Tasted next to the 12, FWIW. I find that wine spicier, a bit creamier and so I wonder if the extra point of ABV on the 12 (13.5%) informs how that wine shows. This 13 is far more chiseled, showing more lemon, and not the lime skin I found in the 12. The acidity on this 13 is more square and dominant, joining zesty green apple and a big finish of energy. The 12 seems more opulent in this early look, whereas this 13 is like a laser beam of energy. Will re-taste over dinner, about 9 hours from now and lets see what some ox does to it.....at dinner, this stayed pretty true to the tasting profile I had captured in my note earlier in the day. I don't mind the 13 at this stage, but it doesn't have the overall complete profile that the 12 shows right now. Hell, the 13 isn't even released yet so when the wine is released later this year, we can see again how it is progressing forward. In total, I do think the 13 will be vintage reflective and show a more Chablis-like profile versus the higher opulence shown by the 12.

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2012 Copain Chardonnay Laureles Grade

Carmel Valley more

5/16/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Copain Dinner With Wells Guthrie In The OC (The Loft @ Montage, Laguna Beach CA): Opened from mag in prep for dinner this evening, poured at room temp of 66f. Tasted next to the 13, and FWIW, the alc on this 12 is listed just over a point higher than the 13 (13.5% vs 12.4%, respectively). This 12 is more creamy, spicier. Apple, mandarin orange, zesty and spicy lime skin. Really long finish....over dinner, showed the flash, creaminess and overall profile that seemed to hit the target with many at the tables where I was seated. For sue next to the 13, the 12 is far better put together and ultimately we will see if the 13 passes it with more age but right now, the 12 seems king.

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2012 Copain Syrah Tous Ensemble

Mendocino County more

5/14/2015 - missionpk Likes this wine: NR

Pretty much what I expect from the Tous Ensemble lineup (though it sometimes overdelivers). A workhorse. Good. Easy drinking. Light. Enjoyable. Some hint of curiosity about aging potential. Solid.

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2004 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

5/12/2015 - LFCHALA Likes this wine: 93 points

Amazing. Incredible freshness, layers of ripe fruits, round and good complexity. Ready to drink, but a few more years will be good.

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2010 Copain Syrah Brosseau Vineyard

Chalone more

5/8/2015 - paydon9 Likes this wine: 92 points

Black cherry, faint notes of menthol, florals, saline, some raw meat. Flavors of cherry and tart, dark berries, smoky herbs, pepper lead into a nice, savory finish. Light-medium body, somewhat chewy tannins that rounded out with air and a healthy dose of acidity make this a superb example of "cool climate" CA syrah.

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2005 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard

Yorkville Highlands more

5/11/2015 - Cote d'Or Likes this wine: NR

PopnPour, tasted over 2 hrs
-opaque dark red/black stains the glass
-expressive meaty smoked charcuterie bacon fat sweet black fruit earth
-med acidity, med weight with good density, mid-palate dominated by meaty ripe black fruits earthiness bacon, chalky tannins
-in a great spot now with nice complexity and some residual black fruits, stylistically a ringer for a Northern Rhone, excellent

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2004 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

4/18/2015 - nfafoglia Likes this wine: 93 points

Floral nose with deep red fruit and light mint. On the palate, cranberry, saddle leather and grilled meat. Tasted 2004 through 2007 vintages of this wine. The 2004 benefited and needs a long decanting. The '04 was the biggest wine of the four.

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2005 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

4/18/2015 - nfafoglia wrote: 90 points

Nose of lanolin, camphor, menthol, and licorice. On the palate, a bit lighter than other vintages of this wine. Almost Bordeaux-like.

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2006 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

4/18/2015 - nfafoglia Likes this wine: 92 points

Nose of scorched earth and black licorice. Jammy black fruit and smoke on the palate.

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