Copain’s philosophy of producing wines that give a nod to the Old World remains the course. The grapes were hand-harvested at the intersection of optimum flavor and great acidity. Our average brix at harvest was 22.5% Brix. At the winery, the fruit was destemmed, sorted, and placed into open top fermenters. The grapes were cold
soaked for 3 days to extract color and flavor. By day 5 spontaneous fermentation was underway. The tanks were gently pumped over twice daily throughout fermentation, and then drained and pressed to dryness. The wine was then aged to barrel for 10 months prior to bottling.
The 2017 Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir is our second offering from the Sonoma Coast appellation. Taking what we learned the previous year and isolating our favorite blocks in the vineyard, we were able to take the wine to the next level of quality. The goal for this blend is a wine that is true to the Copain style of being an elegant expression of Pinot Noir, yet a bit more friendly to drink upon release. On the nose are screaming aroma tics: hints of pomegranate and anise, and, as the wine opens up, strawberry andblack tea emerge. This wine is plush on the entry, but given tension by its fine grain tannin and nervy acid.
2017 was predominantly a cool vintage with a warmer than usual finish. This, however, did not affect the quality on the Pinot Noir, as much of harvest was completed before the heat wave. Grapes that remained on the vine throughout the heat spike were pushed slightly beyond our normal ripeness which gave the wines intense fruit character. Blending was important in 2017 to maintain balance and style, but some of the riper lots were fun to pepper in at the blending table.