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Community Tasting Notes (40) Avg Score: 90.6 points

  • Lovely mature pinot with red cherry, apple, and mineral notes on the nose and palate with beautiful structure and long finish.

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  • Quo vadis, 2006 En Bas Kiser? Because I see notes here from folks who say this wine's best years are behind it, but I sure don't necessarily read it that way. (Disclosure: I never drank this wine when it was young.) From the start, the nose is evolved beyond what a truly young wine would show, but in the mouth this is still all about sweet (admittedly, a bit too sweet) red fruit for 45 minutes (or more - YMMV) after opening. So yes, it does start out a bit flash, and a bit candy-apple. But if you keep after it, the tacky-textured fruit subsides a bit and you get lots of pretty, if not fully earthy, at least quite finely-hewn mineral elements that broaden and deepen across the palate, which dries up but never loses the plushness and luxe texture. Folks, this isn't a wine to hold onto purely for science -- if I had to guess I'd say this is in a slightly weird, betwixt spot, but certainly not yet fully evolved. I could easily be wrong but my vote would be to hold, if only because it's a bit of a simpleton at the moment, there's fruit to burn, and seemingly plenty of other 'stuff' underneath to keep the party going for some time to come.

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  • High acid dinner (Rieslings, Riojas, Madeiras, etc) (Milford, CT): Sweet ripe fruit with rhubarb, strawberry and citrus peel flavors. The fruit is a bit to confectionery for me and I wonder if this would have been better in its youth.

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  • Solid. Nothing too interesting. Not sure if it is worth letting age. With 1 bottle left, I'll probably just stash it away for the science of it.

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  • Great nose and quite interesting upon first opening. However as the evening progressed it became uninspiring.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Copain Wines Pinot Noir Kiser En Bas Anderson Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/8/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser) Medium dark cherry color; loamy, tart cherry and berry nose; loamy, tart cherry and rosehips palate with good acidity; medium finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    2/26/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser) Dark cherry red color; sous bois, tart cherry and mineral nose; great, tart red fruit, tart strawberry palate with juice, minerality and structure; medium finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    6/29/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser) Rich, deep cherry nose; good tart cherry with minerality, rosehips and good acidity; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    3/2/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser) Bright garnet red color; lovely, rich but elegant cherry, spicy Anderson Valley notes, generally sexy nose; lovely, spicy Anderson Valley cherry, red fruit palate with good acidity and a light touch; medium-plus finish (picked earlier for lower alcohol)

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