Copain DuPratt Chardonnay 2017


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Alcohol: 13.1%

Grape(s): Chardonnay

Localization: Anderson Valley, California, USA

Tasting Notes: This high-elevation, cool-climate Chardonnay produces aromatics of freshly zested Meyer lemon, caramelized Asian pears, and a slight hint of freshly chopped spring onion.  The wine surges with mouthwatering acidity, exuding flavors of tart green apple and freshly rained-upon stones.

Note: The 2017 DuPratt Chardonnay is our fifth vintage from this vineyard, which is tucked away in the remote wilderness of the Mendocino Ridge along the western border of Anderson Valley.

The small, five acre DuPratt vineyard sits on a ridge in Anderson Valley at an elevation of 1,550 feet, a few short miles from the charming seaside town of Elk. Planted in 1983 in upland timber sandstone soils, the fruit from this site distinctively reflects its mountainous locale, yielding wines with notable acidity and an appealing, rigid structure.

The Domain: Copain is dedicated to producing top-quality vineyard-designated, complex, varietally correct, and food-friendly wines without being heavy-handed.

Winemaker Wells Guthrie believes that quality starts with the vineyard. In pursuit of this, Copaín has created and will continue to seek relationships with growers who are committed to what they believe are the key attributes necessary to produce world-class wines: vineyard exposition, clonal selections, and dedication to organic farming practices.

In the tradition of great regional village wines from France Wells also produces a series of wines under Copain's Saisons des Vins program. Wines come from the great regional village wines of France. There are four wines, one for each season of the year. the Varietals are chosen to coincide with the climate and cuisine associated with each. The Rose is for Spring (Les Printemps) when the weather starts to warm and the picnics begin. The Viognier (formerly Sauvignon Blanc) is crisp and clean for the hot Summer (l'ete) months to accompany the cool salads and dining al fresco. The cooling days of Autumn (l'automne) bring all the earthy fall dishes that call for the perfect Pinot Noir. Finally, Winter (l'hiver), with its cold days beckon for hearty fare and a rich warming Syrah.

In October 2004, Copain was named "Most Promising New Winery" in the annual Wine Issue of Food & Wine Magazine. Wells was quoted as saying, "I'm trying to keep one foot here and one in the Rhône, to make wines that hem in the ripe fruit we get here and have the elegance of great European wines."