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Copain 2010 Pinot Noir Kiser 'En Haut'

Copain 2010 Pinot Noir Kiser 'En Haut'

The upper parcel of our flagship Kiser vineyard continues to produce some of our most compelling and elegant Pinot Noir. With aromas of dark cherry, violets and roses, the Kiser 'En Haut' maintains the finesse and grace of previous vintages.

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SKU: 1573
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley
Vineyard Designation
Harvest Date
September 29
30% New French oak, 14 months 60 months air dried wood
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The upper parcel of our flagship Kiser vineyard continues to yield some of our brightest and most feminine fruit, and the 2010 Kiser ‘En Haut’ is another gorgeous example with its grace, finesse, and consummate elegance. Soft, lovely, and nuanced, this is truly deserving of its reputation as one of our most seductive and sought-after Pinots.
93 points - Steven Tanzer Vivid red. Shows more power and a darker fruit profile than the En Bas, offering black raspberry, licorice and fruitcake scents and a zesty mineral overtone. Vibrant, pure red and dark berry flavors pack a solid punch but carry zero excess weight. Becomes spicier and more floral with air, finishing with lingering lavender, anise and cinnamon qualities.
Vineyard Notes
Perched 200 feet above the ‘En Bas’ parcel, the higher Kiser ‘En Haut’ possesses more compressed sandstone than the lower block, and enjoys further depth from bands of schist permeating the soil. The combination of the two components gives the wine heady aromatics and notable minerality in both aroma and flavor.
Production Notes
335 cases produced
Other Notes
Copain is dedicated to producing top-quality vineyard designated wines that are complex, varietally correct, and food friendly without being heavy handed. Winemaker Wells Guthrie believes that quality starts with the vineyard. In pursuit of this, Copaín has created and will continue to seek relationships with growers who are committed to what they believe are the key attributes necessary to produce world class wines: vineyard exposition, clonal selections, and dedication to organic farming practices. In the tradition of great regional village wines from France Wells also produces a series of wine under Copain's Saisons des Vins program. Wines comes from the great regional village wines of France. There are four wines, one for each season of the year. the Varietals are chosen to coincide with the climate and cuisine associated with each. The Rose is for Spring (les printemps) when the weather starts to warm and the picnics begin. The Viognier (formerly Sauvignon Blanc) is crisp and clean for the hot Summer (l'ete) months to accompany the cool salads and dining al fresco. The cooling days of Autumn (l'automne) bring all the earthy fall dishes that call for the perfect Pinot Noir. Finally, Winter (l'hiver), with its cold days beckon for hearty fare and a rich warming Syrah. In October, 2004, Copain was named "Most Promising New Winery" in the annual Wine Issue of Food & Wine Magazine. Wells was quoted as saying, "I'm trying to keep one foot here and one in the Rhône, to make wines that hem in the ripe fruit we get here and have the elegance of great European wines."
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