The 2012 Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit harvested from several parcels within the Anderson Valley. The delicately perfumed aromatics of spice and floral notes frame the soft supple body with flavors of just-ripened red fruits and rich earth. Bright acidity carries through for an elegant finish. Enjoy now or within five years.
The 2012 vintage was a welcome relief following the challenges of 2010 and 2011. A wet winter was balanced by a moderate, slightly dry spring, with bud break and veraison occurring several weeks later than usual. Bestowing optimal conditions for slow, even ripening, a long Indian summer extended into early October. Harvest commenced approximately two weeks later than previous years, and was condensed into a few short weeks, with all of our fruit in by November 1.
Copain has sought out vineyards with expositions, soil compositions, climates, clones, and rootstock selections capable of producing wines of distinction and singular character. The selected terroirs Copain sources from are, in its belief, capable of expressing the truest varietal character interwoven with site characteristics and ultimately the vintage nuances. Further enhancing this expression is Copain’s belief in organic farming practices, which allow the natural balance of flora and fauna inherent in each site to impact the developing vine, fruit, and finally the wine.
Winemaking practices aim to express each site's unique qualities, which thereby means a minimum of intervention. Overripe fruit, excessive physical and chemical manipulation of the must, and overuse of oak, all mask the subtleties provided by the vineyard. The terroirs chosen will be highlighted by keeping alcohol percentages lower, retaining natural vibrant acidity, gently handling the fruit and wine, native yeast ferments, and minimal use of new oak. Adhering to these principles will not only allow for the true expression of each vineyard but make for a more compatible and harmonious accompaniment when dining.