The 2013 vintage offered solid growing conditions. A rather dry January gave way to limited winter rainfall. As warmer weather arrived, bud break occurred in early April. Following a moderate summer, Chardonnay harvest began in early August. The first week of September brought exceptionally warm weather and a pair of small rainstorms, along with a corresponding rise in sugar and malic acid levels. We rushed to pick all our fruit, with Pinot Noir harvest starting on September 9, and Syrah from Yorkville Highlands in late September. Our 2013 wines are evocative of our 2006 bottlings, displaying appealing texture and suppleness.
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.