Just shy of 2 years since the last bottle. It's kind of a trip to sit down with a Copain syrah that has these kinds of flavors, all stuffed up with blue and black tones. The bottles has been laying down for several years and I can see the gunk all caked up along the neck of the bottle. Anyway, open and to the taste. This to me is starting to soften, as just open an hour and at room temp (70f), this is pretty approachable. I was expecting more coil, maybe some chalk or olive, stem...not seeing any of this right now. There is a bucket of dark, berry-like fruit, with touch a hint of raisin, dark chocolate, yet it has the Copain touch to show some juicy tones so the fruit isn't all about density and sweetness. Given the higher booze ABV on this, we'll revisit tomorrow as a glass or so is about as much as I can do....roll forward another day, basically the same conditions--temp, stem and a clean palate. This is really a juicy rendition of JB. Further, it does kind of reflect the Copain shift, which is clearly evident in the newer vintages like 11 and 12 (not JB, of course, but the house style is my point). It has the juicy base. Heat? Nah, don't find it. As it sits and fleshes out, the juicy, blue tones elongate and the wine shows the acidity that is also part of the new era Copain style. With all that is here in the glass tonight, no rush to drink these if you have them. And, if there is any thought that this will be warmer edged Paso-ripe, it ain't. Should last another 5 years, I'd think. Good, but not great and epic like the 2007.
Excellent bottle of wine with a beautiful nose of dark fruits, spices and root beer. The palate is consistent with the nose and delivers the spicy fruits on a firmly structured and well balanced profile that starts tart and earthy and ends with root beer spiced fruit. Hard to put the glass down.
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