2013 Copain "DuPratt Vineyard" Anderson Valley Chardonnay (Previously $50)
Another super-expressive wine, the 2013 Chardonnay Dupratt Vineyard brings together gorgeous textural richness and vibrant, pulsating acidity. Orange peel, lemon and floral notes blossom in a perfumed, exotic Chardonnay that hits all the right notes. Drink this pliant, mid-weight Chardonnay over the next handful of years. I was quite taken with the wines I tasted from Copain and proprietor Wells Guthrie this year. The Tous Ensemble range delivers outstanding value, while the best Syrahs and Pinots soar with exceptional beauty and a sense of weightlessness that is compelling. In particular, several of the 2012 Syrahs are utterly captivating. Guthrie is among the producers who prefers to pick at slightly lower sugars, quite a move from the much riper style he was once known for. Although the winery is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, all of the wines are made from vineyards in and around Anderson Valley and Yorkville Highlands. The first time I tasted with Guthrie he was on his way to Burgundy to prune vineyards at Dujac in the middle of winter, a tiring, thankless job that requires an extraordinary sense of humility and a strong appetite for learning. Then again, those are often the qualities that separate the outstanding from the merely good. Readers will find much to admire in these gorgeous, artisan wines.
From the winery: "Our second release from the DuPratt vineyard is a shining example of Anderson Valley Chardonnay. Teeming with compelling minerality, this terroir-driven wine reveals fresh citrus zest, apple blossom and wet stone aromas. Powerful and precise, the solid backbone and lively acidity lead to flavors of crisp apple, fresh mandarin and honeysuckle. Higher elevation and pronounced coastal influences have yielded this lean and vibrant Chardonnay."