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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
Sarah Boone
September 29, 2019 | Sarah Boone

International Grenache Day

"At the walkabout tasting I discovered a newcomer to Paso, Anita Kothari, who along with her partner Varinder Sahi acquired Copia Vineyards from its previous owners Michael and Andrea Dewitt. Wines produced from their Willow Creek district property on Paso’s westside were well structured and complex and are offered through Copia’s tasting room at Paso Underground downtown.

Kothari poured a vibrant 2017 grenache blanc, melodious with citrus and pineapple notes; the 2016 The Blend, a deep-hued GSM lush with violets, blackberry and lavender; and the 2016 Pope grenache, fragrant with aromas of wild strawberry and cranberry with medium body tannins. The latter wine, just-bottled, is not yet available in the tasting room."



Time Posted: Sep 29, 2019 at 3:29 PM
Sarah Boone
September 24, 2019 | Sarah Boone

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