First of all, I made it on time! This, at the time, seemed like a great feat as my travels took me off the more well beaten, though quite scenic, path. A wonderful drive though vine and countryside.
Pulling up to the gates of the winery, I entered the code and proceeded through the open gates onto the winding laneway to the hospitality house. It was about a half mile of driving through large rolling acreage of vineyard to reach the house. It was a wonderfully sunny morning highlighting the vines and contours of the land.
The hospitality house is a large barn with the fermentation tanks in behind. The cellar and production area of Copain was busy with people working hard at bottling wine.
I walked in the big wooden French doors at the front of the hospitality house. A large open space with a comfortable seating area was just inside. Sight lines through large glass walls – where the patio area was situated – provided views of the rolling vineyards. I was shortly greeted by Phil and Chris and led over to the seating area where glasses were lined up for the tasting.
It ended up being a private tasting! A fabulous tasting of a large portion of the Copain portfolio with complimenting canapés. Single vineyard Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir. The “Tous Ensemble” versions of these varetials representing a blend of the different estate vineyards. These are wonderful representations of the terroir and varetials they represent.
Copain has done some further productions of these three varietals to further showcase the terroir of the land. The Chardonnays showing the classic apple, pear and some lemon curd with varying degrees of oaking. The Pinot Noirs show through with some singing acidity and bright strawberry nuances. The Syrah offers all the dark fruit and savoury qualities one would look for and expect. One thing these wines all have in common is the old world style with a new world fruit forwardness.
The cooler climate of Healdsburg is really showcased in these wines. The naturally high acidity and fresh fruits make these wines very approachable and easy to drink. Excellent as a cocktail wine, and perfect for food pairing. I highly recommend a visit to Copain if ever in Healdsburg, Sonoma and having a glass of Copain whenever you see it!