Letter from the Winemaker

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Hello Friends,   

Right now, at the winery we are finishing up our bottling, fixing some broken gear and doing a bunch of cellar improvements to make our work more efficient and improve wine quality. In the vineyard we are welcoming a new growing season. Budbreak signifies a renewal to not only the vines, but a symbolic reset to our lives. The fresh air, the warmer days, the wildflowers, and trees blooming are just some of the things that cleanse the mind and refresh our mindset.  

With this release, it’s especially exciting because we are releasing a brand-new wine from an area that we’ve never explored before! We’ve got a library release in this lineup that is stunning, showing that Copain wines can excel beyond themselves with a little time in the cellar. Of course, this release is full of Copain classics that fans ask for time and time again. 

Please enjoy these wines I’ve selected and be sure to share with loved ones and please let us know what you think!  

Featured Wines 

 2017 Tidal Break Chardonnay - Library Selection 

 When we’re tasting through library wines to decide on what to feature, the 2017 Tidal Break was a major standout. Proving our point that Copain Wines get better with age, this wine is exhibit A.  All the stars have aligned and the wine is flat out stunning right now. On the nose, spring pea, ginger and rosemary line the glass. The structure on the wine is approaching perfection-slight chalkiness and acid give the wine its posture with fruit characters of pear, baked apples and white peach woven together.  

2019 Brosseau Chardonnay 

Located in the Chalone appellation of Monterey County, this bottling shows what we’ve come to expect from this legendary Chalone site. Equal parts savory and fruit the Brosseau has incredible weight and mouthfeel. On the nose, baking spice, pear and sage. On the palate those scents manifest themselves into flavors. All held upright by perfectly woven acidity.   

2019 Edmeades Vineyard Pinot Noir  

Planted in the late 90s along the bank of the Navarro River situated between Philo and Navarro, the Edmeades Vineyard is our crown jewel of our Anderson Valley. Its consistency of weather quality and crop from vintage to vintage are what makes this site so special. The 2019 is a fine example of what Anderson Valley, a true cool climate AVA, is all about. On the nose, lively wild berry aromas of blueberry, raspberry and cherry. Hints of clove, pennyroyal and wild cherry are the highlights of this inviting, luscious wine. Fruit driven, youthful and delicious! 

2019 Maggy Hawk Pinot Noir 

Maggy Hawk Vineyard, near Navarro, resides in what is known to locals as the “deep-end.” Mere miles from the Mendocino coastline, the vineyard enjoys prolonged fog cover during the mornings and evenings. The chilly nights help preserve the acidity in the grapes while the short yet intense sun exposure during the day allows for slow, optimal ripeness. The 2019 is an exotic expression like we’ve never seen before. Scents of mint, blackberry, spice and baked apple fly out of the glass, and as the wine breathes blueberry, pennyroyal and ripe raspberry is unleased. Layers of Cedar, Pennyroyal, clove and Blood orange play together with a medium rich mouthfeel and elegantly woven backbone of acidity and light tannin.  

2018 Hawks Butte Syrah 

Perched on slopes 1,500 feet above the valley floor in the Yorkville Highlands, cool nighttime temperatures and rocky soils, reminiscent of the northern Rhône Valley, render a truly site-specific wine bearing pronounced aromatics, blackberries and hints of spice. The palate is complex and layered with hints of elderberry syrup, dried fig, leather and bacon fat. Peering into the glass, one might prejudge this wine a behemoth, but it is just right with a lithe, pristine midpalate and fruit driven freshness.  

2018 Sealift Vineyard Syrah Inaugural Release 

The Sealift Vineyard is located high on a ridgetop just a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in an area considered the “True Sonoma Coast” This cool climate Syrah is a juxtaposition both in aromatics and palate, with wildly different qualities showing with each swirl of the glass. On the nose, the wine shows black olive and brine and as it opens, a wild mix of concentrated dark berry aromas jump out of the glass. On the palate, vivacious and alive with flavors of confectionary sugar, bubblegum and raspberries. This cool, coastal Syrah is fresh and lively, and the softened corners make this wine plush and pure. 


 

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