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Copain Tous Ensemble 2014 Chardonnay

Copain Tous Ensemble 2014 Chardonnay

Copin's 2014 vintage was fermented in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. Vibrant aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine and fresh lemon curd introduce a lively palate of fresh orchard, crushed stone and lemon zest.

Copain's winemaker Wells Guthrie discovered early on that his taste in wine gravitated toward Europe in general and France's Rhône Valley in particular. So much so, he picked up and moved with his new bride to the region to learn from the best. For two years, Wells apprenticed for esteemed winemaker and living legend Michel Chapoutier in France's Rhone Valley. During that time, Wells was deeply inspired by the traditions and practices of French winemaking, not to mention the European attitude that wine is an essential part of life. At Copain, he creates wines that are firmly rooted in California, yet with the sensibilities of the European wines that so moved him. He is as committed to crafting these elegant, nuanced wines as he is to building a legacy that will be passed down to his daughters in the great tradition of European winemakers whose estates have been in the same family for generations.

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SKU: 1723
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Anderson Valley
Vineyard Designation
Ferrington, DuPratt, Hein, Klindt
Harvest Date
August 28 – September 20
Aging
Neutral French oak and stainless steel
Alcohol %
13.90
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2014 vintage was fermented in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. True to previous vintages, the wine is vivacious and elegant, combining crisp green apple and yellow citrus. Vibrant aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine and fresh lemon curd introduce a lively palate of fresh orchard, crushed stone and lemon zest.
Vineyard Notes
The 2014 vintage started dry but abundant February rain came just in time to break the winter drought. Warm spring temperatures encouraged an early bud break that kept vineyard development ahead of schedule through the entire season. Our harvest was condensed beginning September 3rd and concluding on September 24th. For the first time, our Pinot Noir and Syrah harvest overlapped. Abundant sunshine and cool evenings created near ideal conditions for ripe and balanced wines with yields falling in the normal range.
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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