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Sarah Boone
 
December 18, 2019 | Sarah Boone

Exploring the Enclaves

"A cluster of tasting rooms lines the busy 13th Street stretch. Copia’s outstanding Rhône-inspired wines are produced by the winemaking team of Anita Kothari and Varinder Sahi. At this contemporary designed lounge, a five-wine lineup is offered with or without cheese and charcuterie."

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Time Posted: Dec 18, 2019 at 3:26 PM
Sarah Boone
 
December 1, 2019 | Sarah Boone

PASO ROCKS WITH THE 9TH ANNUAL GARAGISTE FESTIVAL

"It’s been dubbed, “tasting nirvana” and “one not to miss” while being named America’s Best Wine Festival by USA Today. The Paso Robles-based Garagiste Festival continues to hold this status and more."

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Time Posted: Dec 1, 2019 at 3:21 PM
Sarah Boone
 
November 20, 2019 | Sarah Boone

The 2017's from Copia Vineyards

A Grenache-dominated blend that includes 17% Syrah, aged 20 months mostly in once-used barrels, the 2017 The Story offers a ripe, sweet nose of plums, bay leaf, incense, and candied blood orange. This carries to a medium to full-dobies blend that's fruit-forward and has ripe, polished tannins, a good mid-palate, and a solid finish. Drink this pleasure-bent effort over the coming 5-6 years. 

There are 120 cases of the 2017 The Cure, which is a mix of 47% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, and the rest Roussanne aged 20 months in 25% new French oak. Ripe red plums, incense, black pepper, and new leather notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, ripe, polished effort that has solid balance, plenty of fruit, no hard edgets, and a great finish. 

A Syrah-dominated blend that includes 10% Grenache, brought up in 40% new barrels, the 2017 The Source reveals a deep purple/plum color as well as a classic bouquet of bloody red and blue fruits, bouquet garni, bacon fat, and spring flowers. With an incredible, cool-climate bouquet, medium to full body, a rounded, sexy texture, and a great finish, it's a terrific head-turning Syrah from this estate that I suspect will drink well for a decade. 

A blend you don't find often outside of the Central Coast (maybe in Provence) of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a deep purple color as well as Cabernet-dominated notes of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, bouquet garni, and lead pencils. Aged 20 months in 80% new French oak, this full-bodied, beautifully textured blend has ripe, polished tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's a ripe, sexy Santa Barbara County Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the coming 10-15 years.

Time Posted: Nov 20, 2019 at 10:04 AM
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