Red

2007 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Yorkville Highlands
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Community Tasting Notes 69

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    December 5, 2016 - Bottle 14. I didn't think I could count that high! Been almost 2 years since my last bottle, and gotta say, this is softening nicely. Been open 60 mins and it's fleshing out and showing quite suave and smooth to me. Lovely dark color, showing the perfectly ripe flavors for what IMO was a bigger year for Copain in terms of ripe flavors--many of the 2007 Copains reflect a more forward, fuller expression but the balance on the wines has always been spot on for this vintage. Initially, white flower and light pepper in the aromatic, which then turns to a more bloody note as the wine gets the air into it. The palate? Sexy blue and black fruit, black olive and a residual hint of chalk in the finish. At 2 hours of air, this evolves further, with some red components coming into the wine, along with some game and additional grip, plus some light chocolate. With more air and my final glass for Day 1, this wine really changed. It shed the plumper, darker notes and became more red fruited and, leaner, the acidity came through...finally on Day 2, at room temp of 66f, pretty well fleshed out. Black cherry, light tar, olive, light chalk and the acidity seems to be moderate, at best. This to me seems to be in an ideal spot given the fleshiness and lower acidity, settling down into what it is. PS--my palate often interprets structure of wines much differently than others, so take my note as you wish. I do though still believe this wine is peaking and ready to go, drinking best (for me) on the first day.

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  • pjhr Likes this wine: (92 points)

    May 25, 2016 - Continues to drink well with Blackberry, olive, and spice notes on the nose and palate with a hint of stem inclusion culminating in a tasty finish.

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  • DuaneT wrote: (91 points)

    February 6, 2016 - Tasted fresh, round and juicy upon opening with good concentration and very smooth. Really enjoyed the soft nose. It drinks like a cool climate syrah. It was consumed quickly but it became disjointed with just a bit of air.

  • MichielV wrote: (91 points)

    January 25, 2016 - W seared venison steak from my own land!! This was great combination. Great color, good nose and on palate a very good and interesting wine. Bit dryish but good fruit. Nice finish. Dark berries. Drink now is good but wait till its 10 is also good.

  • Ryan Foss Likes this wine: (93 points)

    November 14, 2015 - I rarely throw this around with domestic Syrah, but this has a profile scarily similar to a very good Cote Rotie from a concentrated vintage. Really spectacular effort. Blue fruit, some gaminess, a little animale, but not "dirty", smoke/campfire, and a good amount of tannin left. Definitely has some of the CA ripeness going on, but the minerality, freshness, and complexity that you get from good sites in the Northern Rhone. Impeccable balance. This is really a ridiculous bargain at $35 and will make anyone that questions the viability of syrah in the US to rethink their position.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150 (link)

    (Copain Wine Cellars Syrah Hawkes Butte Yorkville Highlands) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/12/2010 (link) 91 points

    (Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard) Opaque purple red violet color; green herb, forest floor, camphor nose; tart, tight roasted plum, camphor palate, needs 4 to 5 years; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/8/2009 (link) 91 points

    (Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard) Barrel sample - dark opaque magenta color; nice green, pine and stemmy nose; tasty, green, pine, menthol and herbal palate; medium-plus finish 91-92 pts. (to be bottled 3/13/09; 50% whole cluster)

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/2/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard) Barrel sample (50% whole cluster) – deep dark red violet color; sophisticated, smoke and pepper and roasted meat nose; excellent, complex, delicious Northern Rhone-style Syrah 93-98 pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Copain
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Hawks Butte Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Yorkville Highlands

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  • Pending Delivery 5 (1%)
  • In Cellars 294 (48%)
  • Consumed 313 (51%)

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