2010 Copain "Tous Ensemble" Anderson Valley Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Green-tinged gold. Ripe, leesy aromas of poached pear, nectarine and orange zest, with a touch of honey adding depth. Juicy and expansive, offering very good palate coverage to the smoky orchard fruit flavors. Finishes spicy and long, with lingering orange and spice qualities.
Wine & Spirits
A blend from the Ferrington and Savoy vineyards, this ferments and ages in stainless steel. It has the cool feel of the Anderson Valley and a spicy, honeysuckle-like sweetness, all gently integrated into the leesy character of wheat and chamomile.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay Tous Ensemble is a gorgeous wine laced with lime, pastry and white flowers. Exotic aromas and flavors meld into mineral notes as the wine opens up in the glass. This entry-level Chardonnay is made entirely in tank. Best of all, it is a terrific value. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014. This set of wines from Copain and proprietor Wells Guthrie was among the most exciting I tasted from Sonoma this year.
Wells Guthrie founded Copain in 1999 with the intent to produce Pinot Noir and Syrah in styles inspired by his travels and experiences in France, where he was influenced by producers in Burgundy and the Northern Rhone. It took ten years for Copain to release a Chardonnay, the first vintage of which was 2009. As with his Pinot Noir, Guthrie aims for a Burgundian expression with the 2010 Tous Ensemble Anderson Valley Chardonnay. Very limited use of oak and "hands off" winemaking results in a clean, bright Chardonnay that is balanced, food-friendly, and made for immediate enjoyment.