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2007 Copain - Pinot Noir Baker Ranch

  • 90 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 297044-2007-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($45) Light, bright red. Vibrant strawberry and raspberry aromas are complicated by blood orange, potpourri and smoky minerality. Tangy, sharply focused red berry flavors are strikingly lithe, with impressive back-end lift and mineral cut. A nervy redcurrant note resonates on the long, impressively pure finish. This reminded me of an upper-level 1er Cru from Pernand-Vergelesses.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Burghound | Rating: 90

    A classically styled red pinot nose cut with violet and plum hints is followed by detailed, fresh and energetic medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent finishing intensity on the dusty and mouth coating finish where a hint of asperity surfaces though it should round out with a year or so in bottle. I like the overall balance and while this is not especially complex at present, the underlying material is here to permit more to develop in bottle. Lovely.
    Drink Dates: 2012+
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The floral blue and black fruit-scented, dark ruby/purple-colored 2007 Syrah Baker Ranch displays good, fresh, vibrant flavors, sweet tannin, medium to full body, and an elegant take on this varietal.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    13.4% alc. 150 cases. Located on Signal Ridge in Anderson Valley, this is a great new source for both pinot and syrah. Owned by Sam and |Muggs| Baker and farmed by Paul Ardzrooni, we think you will find this a nice addition to the Copain portfolio of Pinot Noirs. The 2007 is a light bodied but full flavored wine more akin to a Savigny-Les- Beaune for those francophiles. Fresh strawberry, bay leaf, black tea aromas carry well to the palate. Picks up pretty rose petal aromas as the wine opens that carries through on the snappy finish. Boasting a modest 13.4 (CHECK LABEL)!!! alc this wine, with its nice acidity, is a great pairing with lighter cuisine. Very delicious and approachable now, it could use another 6 months to a year to really come together and drink well over the next 5 to 7 years. The site includes 4 acres of Pinot Noir and is planted with 115, 777 and 114.
    Author: trinidad
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.

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 65 bottles owned
  • 27 collectors