2013 Copain "DuPratt Vineyard" Anderson Valley Chardonnay (Previously $50)

SKU #1246174 93 points Vinous

 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.  (1/2015)

K&L Notes

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."

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.


- 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.
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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.