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2021 The Story

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"What belongs to you today, 
belonged to someone yesterday, 
and will be someone else's tomorrow." 
- Translated from The Bhagavad Gita

Copia Vineyards Willow Creek Estate | Paso Robles Willow Creek District
Peake Ranch Vineyard | Santa Rita Hills
Tasting Notes
2021's The Story comes out of the gate with power and elegance. Aromas of lavender, juniper, thyme and sage abound amongst a concentration of juicy black cherry. With refined tannins, The Story lingers on the palate with a medium-full body and lasting finish. 
Grapes were carefully berry and cluster sorted, 100% destemmed and fermented in stainless steel. After a cold maceration of 3 days, daily punch-downs, pump-overs and pneumotage were conducted through the first half of fermentation. Minimal capwork thereafter.
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.
The 2021 Story comes back to its roots of being Grenache-dominant over 90%.
94-96 pts - Jeb Dunnuck | "Rich, medium to full-bodied, concentrated blend ... It will compete with some of the top Chateauneuf du Papes out there." 
94 pts - The Somm Journal | "...rhubarb and fennel engage with a coat of suede tannins as high-toned acidity lifts velvety notes of plum preserves. Generous and broad, with violets and dots of white pepper on the tip of the tongue."
93 pts - Wine Enthusiast
93 pts - Owen Bargreen | "This a beautifully textured Grenache with great purity of red fruits. Tobacco leaf and shades of orange peel all mingle well with salty soils. This open and plush Grenache is just a joy to drink now. Drink 2024-2032."
Food Pairing
Beluga Lentil & Turmeric Potato Trifle - Chef Kendall Mousley
Wine Specs
92% Grenache, 8% Mourvèdre
Paso Robles Willow Creek District
Harvest Date
September 20, 2021
20 months in 34% new French oak
Bottling Date
330 Cases on June 27, 2023
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