2006 Copain - Syrah James Berry Vineyard 750ml

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IWC 92   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($50) Deep, bright ruby. Intensely perfumed nose offers an array of red and dark berry scents, along with Asian spices, smoky minerals and fresh violet. Broad and sappy, with fresh raspberry and blackberry flavors, a velvety texture and a slow-building licorice quality. Seemed to gain freshness and energy with air, while completely absorbing its suave tannins. Pretty impressive stuff. (JR)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: jjstrand
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/29/2010
Drink Dates: 2007-2022

Rating: 92
Author: Michael C
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/29/2013
Very fruity with dark berries and some tannins when first opened. After decanting for two hours, secondary flavors developed and tannins softened up. However, on the palate, I feel the flavors were never totally in balance. Nose is light and the finish wasn't very noticeable. ( I am holding a pretty high standard here)

Average rating: 94, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

795 bottles owned by 253 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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