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2017 The Source

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Syrah is Copia’s biggest inspiration and obsession in one. It has rapidly become our flagship varietal for its depth and nuance. Santa Barbara’s cool, foggy microclimate showcases the spicy side of the varietal with a mysterious earthiness and a wild animal fat quality – the true hallmarks of a seductive Rhône-style, cool climate Syrah. Energetic ocean breezes feed the steep slopes and valleys of the region, allowing the varietal to ripen steadily. Syrah becomes less “jammy” and more exotically spice-driven.


93 pts, Wine Enthusiast  |  "There's a long life in store for this bottling, which includes 10% Grenache. Aromas of boysenberry, turned earth, tobacco, violet and tar lead into roasted plum and scorched berry palate that only grows more smoky, savory and peppery with time. Drink now-2032." - Matt Kettman

93 points, Jeb Dunnuck  |  “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.” 

92 pts, Connoisseurs' Guide  |  "As much as we enjoy revisiting the wines of proven producers each year, the discovery of talented new ones is equally satisfying, and Copia’s inaugural appearance in the pages of Connoisseurs’ Guide is an auspicious one to say the least. “The Source” is a very well-made Syrah that leads with abundant, very deep, optimally ripened, blackberry fruit, and, as it unfolds, its variety’s mildly meaty, slightly peppery traits appear as does a judicious dollop of enriching oak. It is big and balanced with a very long finish ... " 

Tasting Notes

Inky and full of dark red fruit, The Source has a gradient of gaminess, tobacco and violet-inflected flavor. There are aromas of incense, smoke and white pepper. The texture rivals silk and velvet, with a seriously round mid-palate and extended finish. A powerhouse of a Syrah.


Syrah for this blend was handpicked in October at the peak of flavor ripeness and phenolic maturity. Grapes were sorted with 20% whole cluster integration. Fermented in stainless steel. Extended cold maceration was employed for optimal extraction of color and tannins. Cap management included daily punchdowns, pumpovers and délestage. For 20 months, the wine was brought up in 40% new and 60% neutral French oak barrels. Bottled June 11, 2019.

Food Pairings

Duck confit with haricots verts
Rosemary Lamp Chops
Red wine braised beef shortribs
Memphis dry rub spareribs
Gouda cheese

Wine Specs
90% Syrah, 10% Grenache
Santa Barbara
Harvest Date
September and October 2017
Aged 20 months in 40% new and 60% neutral French oak
20% whole cluster, fermented in stainless steel
Bottling Date
June 11, 2019
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Connoisseurs' Guide