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2005 Copain Viognier Catie's Corner


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SKU: 106136-2005-750

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  • Wells Guthrie is a fervent believer that great wine begins in the vineyard. In pursuit of this, Copain has sought out vineyards with expositions, soil compositions, climates, clones, and rootstock selections capable of producing wines of distinction and singular character.

    Copain's winemaking practices aim to express each site's unique qualities. Copain wines are highlighted by lower alcohols, natural vibrant acidity, gentle handling of the fruit and wine, native yeast ferments and minimal use of new oak.

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Viognier is a fragrant and floral variety that makes full-bodied white wines with perfumed aromas of blossom, rose, peaches, apricots, honeysuckle, and stone fruit. Viognier grapes do not develop these signature aromas until very late in the growing season, and by the time they are ready for harvest the grapes have reached a very high level of sugar ripeness, contributing to the wine’s low acidity and high alcohol level. Many winemakers age these wines in oak, and the best examples come from the Northern Rhône, specifically in the sub-region of Condrieu. Look to producers such as E. Guigal and Yves Cuilleron for the best expressions of this variety.

    Viognier’s delicate aromas require pairing it with a dish that embellishes its natural flavors. Typical examples include sautéed shrimp, fondue, root vegetables, and pork loin.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 20 bottles owned
    • 6 collectors