Bought from the winery on the original offer. Decanted and then followed for two hours in a Zalto glass. Color was dark red with just a tiny hint of bricking in the color generally. Very very smooth. Better after two hours. could probably use even more air. Red fruit, spice. great balance. no sweetness. Just beginning to develop tertiary flavors but not yet at its peak. Glad to have more.
The wine is a deep, dark purple color. The stunning nose is full of blackberries, minerals, roasted herbs, white pepper, warm baking spices, smoked meat, violets, blueberries, and a healthy dose of earthiness. This has fairly full body, moderate tannins, and good acidity. On the palate the fruit and spice jump out first, quickly followed by roasted herbs, pepper, and meaty elements. On the back end some nice earthiness comes into the picture. The finish has very good length and showcases the minerality. This is a big and rich wine showing a lot of ripeness but it also has nice tannins and acidity to give it good balance. Not a lot of subtlety but a very tasty glass of wine.
One of my favorite Copains in reason memory. A pop and pour this bottle was tasting quite young that should have received at least an hour decant. Happy to have a couple left and am in no rush to drink my remaining bottles
They thought that if they took away my power and my internets that I wouldn't drink wine. Lets just say that the three years taken off my life as a result of Hurricane Sandy prove that I am man with a mission so calm down and listen. This wine is the jam; dont give me no heat like sam the butcher bringin' alice the meat or like fred flinstone driving around with bald feet.
This was a good recovery wine. There is nothing more than I like in a wine (as you know from my notes) than syrah. This wine overdelivers.
Pours magnificent purple in the glass. Violets, bacon, barnyard (very deucey), smoke, pepper, an old tin of bandaids. Wet slate.
Fruits are wonderful. Nice acidity, clean black and blue fruit flavors, and a long finish.
Full throttle style that straddles the fence nicely. Dark berries, oak and tar on the nose. Black cherry and spice on the palate with a nice hit of tannin and acidity to clean things up on the finish. Went well with Philly-style sausages on the grill.
PnP. Crushed blue/black berries, briny roasted meats and pepper/spice. Great balance of deep berry flavors/palate weight and briny tension backed by tannin and acidity. Not much finesse and the complexity is low, but very expressive of its personality and able to pair well with food.
Lots of Blueberry (could be expected), and mulberry (very rare, but delicious), amazing long finish with stone, earth and astringency--this wine seems to be at the beginning of a very long delicious drinking window.
14.1% alcohol. Compelling and complex nose with crushed blue and black berries, peppercorns, and hints of barnyard and olive brine. The palate shows fuller bodied, concentrated, a profile of rich and almost creamy purple/black fruits, moderate tannins, and a lengthy finish. Displays that Copain signature sense of tension/nerve.
Wines with Old friends (Hamilton, NJ): nose: stark contrast to the Guigal with rich and forward tones of blackberries, black cherries, anise, and a good bit of warm blueberry pie. Good depth with real lush fruit on the nose
taste: full bodied with good tannins and plush tones of black berries, spice tones, anise and blueberry pie. Very rich fruit on the palate as well, but very much a syrah at the same time with the tannins providing some good grip right now
overall: could probably use another year or two, but its really tasty right now. Well balanced with real nice and sexy plush fruit that shows itself well. It was definitely a 180 from the Brune et Blonde compared to it, but both were very good as this showed itself off as a cali syrah very well
Grabbed on a whim, popped and poured. Initially showed incredibly pure, dark fruit. With time, it smelled and tasted like Syrah, with hints of bacon fat, some black pepper around the edges, gobs of blackberry. I think this has a lot of time left, but my guess is that I'll drink them before they reach their peak. (PE: 92)
from memory...copain really succeeded in 2005. have tasted the mcdowell and the madder over the past month and both in the value price point deliver great pleasure. balanced wine with great fruit (bright but not heavy), structure, secondary flavors and great mouthfeel and presence. good fun
Decanted for three hours. Deep, dark purple color. Blackberries, cassis, white pepper, chocolate, smoked meat, and a touch of violets on the nose. Medium to full body with solid, ripe tannins and good acidity. Spicy, peppery, sweet crushed berries on the palate with mocha and some dried herbs on the palate. Very nice length on the finish with the peppery berries giving way to a bit of oak. Very nice!
Excellent example of Copain Syrah. Not simple at all, but requires air and some coaxing before it reveals its complexity and brilliance. Poured a small glass off after opening and then let the bottle sit for 4 hours and that made all the difference. Great QPR from Mr. Guthrie! Bravo!
Open but not decanted over 24 hours prior to consumption. Rocky nose with slight greenish notes. Palate displays very nice balance with the acidity almost making it juicy. Light tannins and plenty of kirsch notes. I think the slow-ox helped calm this wine and I did it after other experiences with young Copain Syrahs showing a bit rough when popped and poured or even decanted. Very nice.
Anderson Valley Wines (Aliso Viejo, CA): I was informed that this wine was opened the day before, which perhaps explains why it showed better than the other two Copains. Notes of plums, blackberries, black cherries, garrigue, and a touch of peppercorns. Slightly chalky tannins round out the finish. A nice wine and my favorite Syrah of the evening.
Dark teeth-staining purple. Nose of blackberry with hints of orange peel and a little meatiness ... mouth-filling flavors of dark berries, somewhat chewy texture, finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins.
Good bottle of Syrah, but not up to the level of Copain's finest offerings. Sweet red fruit on the nose, with some darker notes lurking in the background like meat. On the palate, great texture with an uncomplicated red fruit element. Despite the relatively low 14.1 alcohol, I surprisingly felt the heat on the back. Just lacking the complexity, character and poise that I normally expect from Copain.
A baby, too young to judge. Huge nose and palate with heavy black fruit and meaty scents. Quite a bit of heat and density at present. I suspect the components will be more balanced with time and merit an outstanding score.
Straight from the bottle, this was rich with dark fruits, a nice, plush mouthfeel, and a firmly tannic finish. As it got some air, it started to develop a pungent, deep meaty, leathery, gamy bouquet which after about 2 hours was really jumping out of the glass. Could still use some more time to soften out those tannins.
Decanted 4 hours. Sweet red fruit and spice. Delicious, but a hint of heat on the nose detracted from my enjoyment. 24 hours later the heat was gone; the texture became creamier; and the fruit mellowed a bit.
opened and poured...immediate spice on the nose...same with palate with some great acidity and not so much fruit as a great lushness...really enjoyed...will assume secondary flavors will cotinue to develop...one of the notes said scorched earth and I could see that
This wine is just a baby but I was itching for a Copain so I thought I would see what this wine is all about. Deep purple with aromas of crushed black fruits and lots of bacon fat with some uplifting floral notes, dark chocolate/cocoa, olives and blackberries on the palate with some crushed rock/minerality, flint, and white pepper. The chalky tannins coat the mouth and assure that this wine will improve with some bottle age.
Wow - right out of the bottle this really worked for me. Dark purple color, meaty/floral aromas along with a hint of bell pepper (which I normally find off-putting, but it works here). It is still too young, of course, and a bit tannic, but shows good underlying black and red fruits, a bit of licorice, maybe some tar, and pretty good overall balance. I look forward to this one after it's got another year or two of age.
This has typical Copain intensity and richness, with aromas of cassis, roasted meats, scorched earth, and minerals. The fruit and minerality are almost painfully intense on the palate. It feels heavier than other Copain syrahs, and the fruit is somewhat grapey.