After this tasting note from Frank, I decided to pop my last bottle.
2006 Copain Pinot Noir “En Haut” Kiser - (9/20/2015)
Copain In The Backyard On A Summer Evening (My House In The South OC): My last bottle from the several I bought in 2008 from the winery. The cork on this was all dried out and crappy so I had to strain the wine a few times once I got the cork finally out of the bottle. In sum, this seemed a bit tired to me last night, the wine showing a roasted quality, riper than I was expecting. For confirmation, I have another one coming from WineBid this Fall, which I will open and check out. I have worked through all the 2006s over the past few months–Wentzel and Monument Tree, specifically–and this Kiser EH showed the least satisfying of the three.
I have had bottles of this that matched up exactly to Frank’s note.
I regard him as the expert on all things Copain, so it inspired me to pop one.
The fill was VERY high on this bottle and the cork was extremely tight providing a great seal and not letting much O2 in over the years. This fact may have preserved the wine to a greater extent than normal.
And, of course, the cork was brittle and broke in two, prompting major extraction surgery.
Copain has a definite problem with dried out corks!!!
2006 Copain Pinot Noir “En Haut” Kiser
Mature medium red with onion skin at edge.
Cinnamon, Anise, black cherry and Mac Apple aromas wafted in and out.
Complex, secondary development led to flavors of “Nibs” licorice and coffee with a long, firm, minerally finish.
Good acid and tannins still remain. Kinda reminded me of an aged Arcadian Pisoni PN.
This bottle was VASTLY different than any previously tasted samples of this wine.
This was one of the finest CA Pinots that I’ve experienced. Period.
There is tremendous bottle variation obviously.
Again, I would have never recognized this as an En Haut, much less a Copain PN.
My last bottle and, by far, the best ever.