Copain 2016 Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir 750ml
Barbara Banke made a stylistic left turn, and an astute buy, when she purchased the Copain property and brought it under the Jackson Family banner. Although lauded for their ‘Rhone wines” the strength of winemaker Wells Guthrie is his ability to source fruit, in this case, savoury, cool Mendocino fruit. Tous Ensemble or ‘all together’ is a mix of fruit from three vineyards across the county, blended into a ready-to-drink pinot. The darling of the somm set, Copain makes an understated, spare pinot noir in the Tous Ensemble range at a mere 13.5 percent alcohol offering red fruits, soft tannins and a dry, food-friendly finish. Tous Ensemble spends only nine months in neutral French oak.
Score: 89 points -- Anthony Gismondi, Dec 2017