Plum, dark cherry, graphite and tar on the nose. Nice tasting wine with fully resolved tannins and palate cleansing acidity. The dark cherry and plum from the nose along with some white pepper carries over nicely on the palate. May be the best tasting vineyard designated Copain wine from this vintage.
The nose on this wine is its best feature: mysterious savory smells; mushrooms and uncommon berries and a beguiling foresty oak smell. The palate is a bit more reserved, with a bit of mocha, some fruit, and just a bit of acid. I just don't get quite *enough* from it on the tongue. This appears to be a distinctly different experience form the '06, judging from my tasting notes.
Not decanted, consumed over ~1 1/2 hours. Dark red/purple and slightly cloudy in the glass. Spicy and unusually funky on the nose - like long pepper (for those who have encountered it) or perhaps turkey jerky. On the palate, there was tart dark berry fruit but more prominent was a gamy meatiness and smoky, spicy notes which lingered into a slightly bitter finish. Acid and tannins were present and well-balanced, and that balance improved with air time in the glass.
I did like this overall despite being surprised by the unusual flavor profile, although it probably isn't something I would seek out to buy again.
I’m really glad I stayed patient with this wine, it has aged splendidly since I last had it in 2009. Much less overt blackberry fruit, the wine has taken on a more balanced triage of black olive, charcoal, and a supporting nod of sweet, dark fruit. Perfectly integrated, precise, fresh, and still packs a meaty punch of CA Syrah, all I could have ever hoped for with this purchase. Seems like it wouldn’t have any problems kicking up a good a good time over the next 5 years, maybe a tad more.
nose - berry liqueur, olive, cured meats - very syrah smelling mouth - quite savory overall, almost saline, gamey, with some suggestions of fruit. this wine needs lamb or something else to pair with. lacks equalizing fruit at this stage to make it a great wine. still interesting. dont drink by itself. (my wife was not impressed) -- after 2 days open, this wine has no budged really. still with a very prominent saline quality, which i like. what it needs however is higher toned fruit and a stronger acidic kick.
Similar to last year. PnP, 3 nights with little change from when first opened. Same rich, meaty, smokey elements as noted in 2011, but did not seem as lean/tannic, so believe this has turned that corner as this was more harmonious with a softer texture. Really nice.
Drank with 04 of the same wine, which was a little harsh. The 05 was delicious with a nice balance of softened tannins and red and blue fruits. Indian spices dominate with a little sweetness up front and a lovely long finish.
The wine is a fairly deep ruby color, lighter at the edge. The wine has blackberries, stony minerals, smoke, eucalyptus, wild flowers, black pepper, earthy elements, and a touch of licorice on the enticing nose. This is medium to full body with ripe, fairly integrated tannins and good acidity. On the palate the wine shows spicy, peppery berries, minerals, and some nice earthy elements. Nice length on the finish which turns fairly savory after an initial jolt of peppery berries. This wine is now in its prime drinking window and should hold for a couple of years.
This wine has finally come into its own and is drinking great. My only regret is that I drank my previous bottles before their time. I decanted for two hours which seems to be just about right. Just entering it's prime I think it will be drinking well for at least another five years maybe more. Just one bottle left which I will treasure.
I thought this was very impressive, up among the very top Copain Syrahs I've had, and the few years of age seems to have helped (although I'm in no rush to drink my last bottle) give aromatic complexity, which really exploded from the glass. Big, and still ripe, lots of smoky, spicy aromas. The Raynolds note nails it.
PnP. Red-tinged deep violet. Nose of blue and black fruits with what others have called smoke/embers/meat; very pleasing but not captivating. Rich flavor-packed fruit on palate but with a slightly lean texture. Good balancing acid and tannin. Definitely feels as though the 'leanness' could soften with more age. Low complexity could bloom a bit as well.
This is the second of three bottles and I want to say that a bit more patience would likely be rewarded with this bottling. Don't get me wrong this is good juice, just feel it will be better in a few years. A bit of a decant may also have helped. The wine is a beautiful crystal garnet color. No cloudiness whatsoever. Nose is earthy with robust fruit smells. The flavors are concentrated with tannin still prevalent. Dark fruit and spices, blackberry, just a touch of bitterness. I just know this wine will improve with a few more years in the cellar. Long finish. If you have a bunch decant for a couple of hours and try one, if you have only a few be patient.
Dark ruby color. Blackberries, blueberries, licorice, raspberries, eucalyptus, and some pepper on the nose. Medium to full body with ripe, fully integrated tannins and good acidity. Real nice lingering finish. Man, this is some very tasty stuff!
Has evolved nicely, yet its still rather muscular. Its a tad more syrupy than what I'm into these days. No mistaking it's California. Dark and brooding fruit that for now is carried by a nice acidic backbone. I'd drink these now and enjoy. Just my 2 cents. Drinking it on the cool side is recommended.
Decanted 4 hrs. The blackberry and olive infused nose is always a dead giveaway for a Copain Syrah, which strutted its stuff in full regalia. The palate had a floral and perfumed quality – normally things one would detect on the nose, but no, clearly I could taste these traits within the context of ripe blackberry skins. The use of whole clusters is quite apparent, as evidenced by the strong flavors of resin and patchouli, which I find somewhat unique to the Eaglepoint bottling vs. the other Copain Syrah stalemates. The finish is somewhat short, but not enough so to distract from a fine drinking experience. Drink with a good decant, or maybe see were this goes over the next 3-5 years.
Nose of saddle leather, lard, flower and burning embers. Round and plump showing a good size swath of dark fruit but it's not syrupy or sweet. Like a very dark raspberry and crushed blackberry feel with some tar and menthol. Finishes still a bit tight on the sides so we'll see how air treats it but what finish that does show, it lingers for some good length. Closing out this TN with an update after 24 hours, a much softer wine tonight, with very little edge. If I had not known this wine had been opened overnight and someone poured it, I would guess a wine of some age, given its approachability. There is enough acidity and structure left to let it age a few more years but I would offer that it enters a prime window within the next six months and optimum late 2009 and then another couple years after.
Wow, what beautiful fruit! More of California style than the Old-World I was expecting from Copain, but boy was it marvelous. If you're going to drink this style of wine, then this is one to do drink, and exceptional for the price. Probably still fairly primary, but many layers nonetheless.
Plump, lush, candied dark fruit, drenched in baby fat. Concentrated and very sweet. Smoky/meaty midpalate with noticeable toasty oak on the long finish. Even though this is quite soft, it ultimately works pretty well because it has its own sense of balance, and because the alcohol is in check. Serve this at cellar temperature.
Anderson Valley Wines (Aliso Viejo, CA): This wine also came across a bit like a barrel sample, but less so than the 2004 Broken Leg. Primary notes of blueberry jam, cotton candy, plums, dried herbs and lingonberries. Its firm acidity is this wine's saving grace. 88-89 points.
A brilliant, explosive nose with candied strawberries, blueberries and a bouquet of flowers; a bit tight on the tongue and a little heat, still too young, but enough fruit to know it will mellow; finish was too short; not enough old world, but has great potential
Burnt fruit & over-ripeness that is a bit annoying. Just not enjoying the nose on this wine at all. Blackberry jam on the attack, with good acidity and fine tannins. The finish lasts for a good 30+ seconds, but it's of mostly burnt wood and rhubarb, not the best combination on a finish that lasts so long. With air the nose gets better, but the over-ripeness is still there. I would wait 5 years to drink this again, hopefully the fruit will die down in that period.
Very, very nice nose that wafts out of the glass. Cottonny, tannic mouth (that dissipates somewhat with time) that's a full load of very nice black, red, and blue berries (in that order). The length is rich and composed, and also quite voluptuous.
Decanted for an hour. Dark ruby to purple color. Nose of brush, thyme, candied fruit, some meat. Palate is lush, and in my opinion, rather open. Lots of dark fruit, hints of funk, and some tar. Really tasty fruit here, layers of blackberry and blueberry. Finish lingers. Tastes young, but it tastes great.
Very well made wine, must have some of the best fruit in it. Still very young, but fronted full of mature dark berries (I got lots of boysenberry) in a bit too much wood structured frame.... everything is there for better integration with a few more years. Bravo!
another good young copain syrah...great acidity gives this wine lift along with solid fruit but no where over the top, evidence of the cooler vintage, great mouthfeel and secondary flavors...obviously quite young but a geat qpr for this price point
The nose of this wine has a candied fruit perfume which I detest. Hard to define. It's slighly chemical, like a mix of artificial strawberry and grape and acetone and flowers. There's also an underlying green woodiness. I associate these aromatics with young Syrah vines, but there's no real evidence for that in my tasting experience. In the mouth it's delicious and the aromatics fall away quickly. Blackberries and blueberries, a little alcohol snap, licorice and chocolate. It's also sweet and mouth filling. Long chewey finish and the dark fruit echoes alongside a balanced dose of oak.
I like more earth and leather or smoke in my Syrah but the unchallenged fruit of this bottle is interesting and has a place. With different aromatics, I'd be a bigger fan. Taste and depth of finish are impressive.
One of the more concentrated, intense Eaglepoints I have experienced. Dense, velvety and rich, this shows deep fruit, ash, and smokey herbs, with some intriguing high-toned notes of ripe grapefruit. Significant acidity gives this lots of lift and energy on the palate. Excellent. More integrated on day two.
Decanted 8 hrs. When I first poured this in to the decanter, lovely aromas of geraniums and fresh peach sprang forth promising a splendid glass of viognier……Wait a sec, this is Copain Syrah dammit! Well, after 10 minuets or so, the nose pretty much collapsed in on itself, yielding little in aroma – slight notes of blackberry and ash. So it was for the next 8 hours. But when it was dumped in to the reidels for dinner, it was alive, ALIVE! Primary as can be red fruits, vivid underbrush (from the whole stem clusters?), traces of barrel influence (an oak-a-phobe’s heaven on earth producer), vibrant acidity and tannin, topped off by an olive tapenade flavored finish. Young young young. A really unique and idiosyncratic experience with the Syrah varietal, and confirms my place on the Copain wine list for many, many years to come. Splendid
Dark ruby to garnet, completely translucent color. Nose doesn't give as much right now as I'd like, but I can coax hints of marzipane, tobacco, flowers, and blackberry out of the glass by swirling vigorously. Nice satiny texture with substantial tannins and amazing freshness on the palate. Flavors of crushed berries and volcanic rock-like minerality dominate the palate. Right now, it's all about the fruit, but I think I see the earth and funk lurking behind the wall of fruit. Good finish. Not as accessible as the Harrison Clark right now, but I think this will turn out better with some extra cellar time. I find the absence of purple color and blueberry notes very intrigiung and pleasant. Slightly reminiscent of a young St. Joseph while still obviously from California.
14.5% alc...I told myself this year would be different - I won't consume all my Copain within 6 months...the nose on this wine doesn't bode well for that prediction...right out of the bottle this wine is very expressive on the nose, berries - black and some blue, furiously spicy, underlying oak elements as well, but needless to say, all seems good to go! Closer to full-bodied than medium, rich, extracted, medium tannins, layers and layers of black fruit mixed with smoke - one outrageously long finish. I won't touch the other two for a couple of years, but this wine is incredible right now. A very pleasing style of wine!