2006 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard- USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (2/1/2010)
Dark ruby red. Aromas of red, blue fruit and smoke. Comes to life on the palate with rasberry, blueberries and black cherry. Great mouthfeel. Rich, pure and well balanced. Aftertaste lingers for 40+ seconds. Extremely satisfying. Is Justin Smith’s James Berry Vineyard one of the world’s finest for Rhone varietals? I vote yes! (94 pts.)
Brad, I agree that this one has several years ahead of it. On the other hand, I popped and poured it (maybe 15 minutes before tasting) and it was fantastic. I have one bottle left (I foolishly opened one for some wino friends last year when I was taking a wine break for Lent), and will probably hold it until next year. This should continue to evolve for at least 2-3 years.
I drink James Berry Vineyard wines from Saxum, Villa Creek, Carlisle and Copain. They are consistently spectacular!
The 2006 is young, IMO, and will need more bottle age. I put a note into CT this past July and I have not tasted the wine since and my own note looks a little short on detail, which probably means we drank the wine quite quickly.
As a side note guys, go out and find the 2007 version. A wine of real class and should be better than the 2006, easily. If Mike says the 2006 is 94 pts in his lexicon, than I wonder what he’d say about the 2007.
I bought six of the 2007 on release and have consumed one. No doubt it is a great wine, and I will enjoy following it over the next several years. But the 2006 is no slouch, and I think it will be really interesting with two more years on it.