2010 Copain "Tous Ensemble" Anderson Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1079347 90 points 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.  (5/2012)

90 points 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.  (10/2012)

89 points 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.  (2/2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2013 | Send Email
An absolutely beautiful example of just how balanced and fresh California Chardonnay can be. Fermented in tank, this is all about the pure fuit and fresh texture. Yum

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2013 | Send Email
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Real CA chardonnay! Bright, fresh, complex and with abundant mineral qualities. Sourced from top Chard vineyards in the cool Anderson Valley. This chard is fermented and matured in tank. This wine is the antithesis to oaky-buttery styles of CA Chard.

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2013 | Send Email
One of my favorite wineries during our August field trip, Well Guthrie's "Tous Ensemble" is the classic expression of Burgundian chardonnay- apple, pear, brioche, and honeysuckle. Medium acidity and very well balanced. All stainless steel and no malolactic fermentation, it's the 10 months on the lees that gives the brioche notes here. A beautiful introduction to the Copain portfolio!
Top Value!

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2012 | Send Email
If you are a fan of oaky, buttery Chardonnays this is not the wine for you. Instead the 2010 Copain Tous Ensemble Anderson Valley Chardonnay offers bright citrus notes, a rich texture, and a clean, mineral finish. Nothing here but pure Chardonnay fruit. And at a great price too.

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2012 | Send Email
This is a nice blend of new and old world. The nose and palate is ripe peaches and citrus zest along with a touch of spice. It shows bright acidity (no Malo) keeping the riper fruit in check. The long finish shows just a touch of toastiness and spice with more citrus zest.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2012 | Send Email
Fermented in stainless tanks with 10 months on lees for texture. No Malo. Green apple and pear notes, bright acid and citrus finish. Toasty yet restrained and very well balanced. Beautifully made chardonnay and an absolute steal at $20.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2012 | Send Email
Copain is quickly becoming my go to domestic winery! I love this beautiful representation Of the Chardonnay grape. Stainless steel tanks, no malolactic fermentation, and all natural yeasts are used. This gives it liveliness and great acidity! No oak bomb here folks!

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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.


- 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.
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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 gew├╝rztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8