2009 Copain "Les Voisins" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1061767 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A wonderful Pinot Noir, made from a blend of various vineyards. Silky and refined, with a translucent texture that radiates terroir throughout. A lovely, complex young wine that should gain traction over the next several years.  (7/ 2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Intriguing aromas of red and dark berries, cherry pit, incense and cinnamon. Shows good heft but comes across as quite fresh, offering an array of palate-staining berry and bitter cherry flavors and a sexy candied rose quality. Impressively energetic pinot with excellent finishing cut, grip and sappy persistence. This benefits a lot from air.  (6/ 2011)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 More precise in its scents and flavors than Copain's Tous Ensemble Pinot (recommended below), Les Voisins is a selection from six vineyards in the Anderson Valley and Yorkville Highlands. It starts off with floral spice and lasts on sweet cherry flavor. The fruit is firm, juicy and cool, with a gentle rasp to the tannin. A light-bodied pinot for filet, seared rare.  (4/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Les Voisins, meaning "the neighbors" in French, is an hommage to the great, small-production grape growers in California. Copain sources fruit from the cool Anderson Valley to fashion this Pinot Noir, which is full of finesse and clean, bright cherry fruit with Asian spice notes and a sappy, lightly tannic finish.

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/20/2012  | Send Email
2% new French Oak. Rich cherry nose, bright cherry immediately on the palate. Lighter body, soft spice, clean mineral with some cranberry and straw notes. Very well balanced pinot.

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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 (%): 13.3