2021 The Source
"To be a champion, compete;
to be a great champion, compete with the best;
but to be the greatest champion, compete with yourself"
- Matshona Dhliwayo
Copia Vineyards Willow Creek Estate | Paso Robles Willow Creek District
Thompson Vineyard | Alisos Canyon
Bien Nacido Vineyard | Santa Maria Valley
The Source embodies our love of blending cooler climate Syrah with our own Estate Syrah. What results is a full-bodied journey brimming with violets, blackberries, peppercorn, smoked meat and tobacco. It's a multi-layered gem for the cellar.
Grapes were carefully berry and cluster sorted, 90% destemmed and 10% whole cluster, fermented in stainless steel. Syrah and Viognier were co-fermented. After a cold maceration of 5 days, daily punch-downs, pump-overs and pneumotage were conducted.
This is the very first harvest from Copia's Willow Creek Estate Vineyard, which, geographically speaking, backs into Terry Hogue's TH Estate Vineyard and L'Aventure's Arbor Road Vineyard. This harvest was very similar to becoming new parents, complete with dreams of perfection and lack of sleep. We are very happy with the quality of the fruit of this first harvest.
2021 The Source is composed of 50% Paso Robles Willow Creek District vineyards (Denner, Copia) and 50% cooler climate Syrah from Alisos Canyon (Thompson) and Santa Maria Valley (Bien Nacido Vineyard).
" ... sensational looking barrel sample ... there's a subtle Northern Rhone-like character here, but it brings serious amounts of classic California fruit and opulence."
-94-96+ pts I Jeb Dunnuck
"A delicious blend of 95% syrah, 4% grenache and 1% viognier, expressing notes of wild currants, dried herbs, baking spices and stones. Full body with chewy tannins. Textured and chalky, with a rich core of dark berries and a equally generous finish." - 92 pts | James Suckling
Lamb Korma Meatballs - Copia Estate Chef Kendall Mousley