2005 Copain "Les Copains--James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend (Previously $60)

SKU #1080691 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 His 2005s are all stunning wines, but one of his most intriguing wines, aged completely in 600-liter demi-muids, is the essentially equal-part blend of Mourvedre and Grenache, the 2005 Les Copains James Berry Vineyard. From these limestone soils, this sexy wine boasts terrific blue and black fruits intermixed with some crushed rock and floral notes. The wine has admirable purity and decent acidity in a medium to full-bodied, lush, fruit-driven style with the oak clearly pushed to the background. This is a beauty and a great bistro selection. (RP)  (12/2007)

Wine Spectator

 Tightly wound, with firm mineral, fresh earth, dried currant and blueberry flavors that are focused and persistent, ending with chewy tannins. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.  (2/2008)

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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.


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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 15