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2009 Copain - Pinot Noir Kiser En Bas

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / MENDOCINO
abv 13.3%
  • 94 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 171152-2009-750-3A
  • Burghound | Rating: 92

    A very high-toned and admirably pure nose offers up notes of red berry and currant liqueur that enjoys added breadth from the presence of soft spice nuances. The refinement continues on the equally pure, vibrant and silky middle weight flavors that possess a dusty mouth feel and superb length. This impeccably well-balanced and solidly structured effort is an exercise in harmony and grace.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Bright red. Showing more cherry and dark fruit character than the Kiser En Haut, but there's very good to this wine, too. Opens more slowly than the En Haut, offering spicy cherry and black raspberry flavors and notes of cocoa powder and anise. Sappy, penetrating and pure, with excellent finishing cut and slow-building tannins. I like this wine's blend of power, tension and vivacity.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Focused on a tight core of sour cherry and wild berry. Firm and spicy, showing good density and persistence, with touches of pennyroyal, dried herb and crushed rock.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2009 Pinot Noir Kiser En Bas caresses the palate with layers of round, highly expressive fruit. The higher percentage of clay in this part of the vineyard gives the wine an additional layer of breadth and richness that is striking. Clean veins of underlying minerality add intensity and drive. Black cherries, plums, spices and minerals wrap around the long, insistent finish.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Deep brooding nose and strong cranberry flavors and a tart finish. |Mineral| flavors really come to mind with this one. Upon opening the bottle, the wine showed very little. After about three hours of air, it really opened up.
    Author: dutodd
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 72 bottles owned
  • 15 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 15 collectors)