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Community Tasting Notes (47) Avg Score: 92.6 points

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Going to be trying the '04/'05/'06/'08 of these in the next few weeks. This was the '04. Drank over 2 nights. Very nice JBV example, though I haven't had many yet. Pure rich fruits, spice - definitely new world rich Syrah, but not over the top like other Paso producers. Very Copain in that regard and I like that - dark and intense, but not heavy and over the top. Going strong and has plenty of time left.

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  • Put on some nice weight - great JB syrah

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Copain Wines Syrah James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.

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