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2021 The Source

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"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

Tasting Notes

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.

Winemaker Comments

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).


96 pts - The Somm Journal | "...releases a flow of violets, plum, and velvet cream surrounding a salty middle. Juicy and vibrant, with round tannins."

94-96+ pts - Jeb Dunnuck | " ... sensational looking barrel sample ... there's a subtle North­ern Rhone-like character here, but it brings serious amounts of classic California fruit and opulence." 

93 pts - Owen Bargreen | "The color is very deep, as this has beautifully perfumed aromatics of violets, tar and menthol alongside rich dark fruits. The palate is fresh and neatly textured, showing good weight and verve. Drink 2024-2032."

93 pts - Wine Enthusiast

Food Pairing

Lamb Korma Meatballs - Chef Kendall Mousley

Wine Specs
95% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 1% Viognier
Central Coast
Harvest Date
October 10 to 22, 2021
20 months in 75% new French oak
Bottling Date
305 cases on June 27, 2023
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