2006 Copain Syrah Harrison Clarke - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley (11/12/2011)
P&P’d. The dark purple, the nose shows descriptive scents of pressed blackberry skins, fresh baked pastries, and a slight pine / resinous touch suggesting whole cluster stems. Rich Syrah for sure, but with time in the glass, the profile went from blackberry to spry, black cherry taste, perhaps due to this being cellared for a few years. A slight metallic edge added complexity and did not distract, stemmy notes are repeated again on the palate – but clearly playing second fiddle to the fruit profile, as I think this will always be a fruit dominated wine, and a darn good one at that! I admire and respect Wells vision to alter his Syrah MO, and the wines are certainly of high quality since that decision was made, yet drinking this as well as other 06 (and previous) vintages, was it ever really broke to begin with? (91 pts.)
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Funny, I used to roll my eyes at people posting pictures of their kids as wine board avatars. I had a little girl three years ago, and then I understood but still refrained. After the tragedy of Penn State this week pertaining to the horrific sexual abuse of children, I felt the need to show this board the most precious thing in my world, my daughter Avery. May her and all children going forth receive the love, trust, and protection that is worthy of calling our civilization “civilized”.