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.
Guthrie started the winery with an old friend, and named it Copain, which means ‘friend” in French.
Copain is focused on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,and Syrah. They offer three lines of wines, the entry-level “Tous Ensembles”, mid-level “Les Voisins”, and their top of the line “Single Vineyard” Wines. In addition to this interesting blend they also produce an interesting and delicious estate Trousseau Gris.
This is an interesting blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Pinot Gris. The fruit was sourced from the Hein, and Klindt vineyard located in the Anderson Valley. The grapes are co-fermented and aged for five months in neutral French Oak barrels.
You get more Pinot Gris on the nose and more Pinot Noir on the palate.
12.7% alcohol; Retail – $25
Rating: A-; An interesting blend that works so well! Positioned as a chillable summer red (which it is), but this also make a great Fall wine too!
Pair with: Thanksgiving dinner!
Sample purchased for review
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