2004 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
Drink between 2006 - 2017 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 51

  • Badfish Likes this wine:

    June 19, 2019 - Approaching fifteen years old this wine is an absolute stunner with a ripe yet elegant style. Subtle aromatics including notes of slate, wild berries, black cherries, and ruby grapefruit. The palate is so balanced and succulent with ripe yet bright fruits, supple tannins, and beautiful fruit complexity. I am surprised with the fruit in this wine, I think the stems and ripeness are a perfect foil for each other. An amazing wine from a transition period at Copain that truly delivers. One of the greatest new world Syrahs I have had.

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  • DoubleMagnum Does not like this wine: 88 points

    November 8, 2018 - I don't know if I got an off bottle but there is a distracting green note and a taste of crushed pill. Heat is not one of the issues but this is not very pleasant.
    Left half the bottle overnight and the green scent is almost gone but the taste of crushed pill persists. #pass

  • dpolzien Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 7, 2018 - Pay no attention to the drinking window end of 2017, not OTH, definitely has a couple years left. Took two hours in the decanter to come out of hibernation, but once it did, it was singing. Black fruit, olives, and meat, with not too much heat.

  • TallMikeWine Likes this wine: 89 points

    April 29, 2016 - This started off a little crazy. I pushed the cork screw way down in the cork, and began to pull it up, and the whole neck of the bottle came off in my hand! Like it had been sabered - like Champagne! Crazy. Must have been a small fracture in the glass. Very strange. So, I used a coffee filter to keep any possible glass shards out of the decanter. Leaving me with a very nice wine, Russian River Syrah, well-aged, purple tasting. But not as amazing as I was hoping. I don't know if there was a flaw, it didn't taste flawed, but it also wasn't over the top great. A conundrum, really. Good not great.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    May 16, 2015 - 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!

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Copain
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard James Berry Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Paso Robles

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 143 (33%)
  • Consumed 284 (66%)

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