2007 Copain "Tous Ensemble" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1042011

Copain's "Tous Ensemble" wines, which translates from the French as "all together" are appellation cuvees. This, the second vintage, combines fruit from three Anderson Valley vineyards - Cerise, Monument Tree and Wentzel - and is even better than the first. The distinctive vineyards come together in harmony here, with pure sour cherry fruit on the nose and tannins. Aromas and flavors of grilled bread, English Breakfast tea and freshly-tilled soil add intrigue, while the chalk-like tannins and bright acidity keep everything focused and in tune. Like the 2006, this wine is approachable in its youthful exuberance, but it should continue to evolve into a beautiful sonata of a wine over the next five years. According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Spicy, sharply focused aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry and dried rose. Clean and pure, offering vibrant red berry and cherry flavors, no obvious tannins and refreshing back-end cut. Becomes chewier on the finish, which strongly repeats the tangy red berry notes. Tastes like a wine from Savigny-les-Beaune." (May/June '09)

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 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 5/24/2010 
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This is a real disappointment for a 2007 Pinot from California -- more like a $12-15 pinot than a $25 one. I bought several bottles, and I have to practically force myself to drink them. It does have plenty of lemony acidity and some tannin, but not much fruit, body, or complexity. Copain is famous for their single vineyard wines, but they seem to be counting on that reputation with this blend, which is average at best.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5