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COPAIN PINOT NOIR, MONUMENT TREE VINEYARD, ANDERSON VALLEY 2012
NVWE Notes: If richly oaky, this classy Pinot is fruitier still, as it’s bright aromas of red plum, red cherry, red currant and crab apple syrup rise above sweet-savory scents of sumac, pink peppercorn, Filé, star anise, sandalwood, hazelnut, cinnamon and dry rose. Those savory notes are even more luxuriously laid-on in the mouth, yet zesty sour red cherry and bottled crab apple flavors bring a counterpoint, and the plum-currant elements held firm at the core. The finish is youthful, yet there is already impressive evolution evident in the focused, lingering finish. A terrific food wine now, it is likely to get better for at least three years. 200 cases made.
Dark red cherries, mint, hard candy, wild flowers and spices meld together in Copain's 2012 Pinot Noir Monument Tree, a supple, mysterious wine full of nuance and personality. Violets, lavender and cloves meld into the resonant, textured finish. The use of 30% whole clusters adds attractive aromatic overtones. This is one of the more open, accessible wines in the Copain range. Accordingly, the 2012 is best enjoyed over the next few years.