One of the first-released California roses of 2013 might just end up being the best of the vintage. Copain's "Tous Ensemble" rose of Pinot Noir reminds us a lot of the infamous Sinskey Vin Gris, except for one important detail: it's nearly 40% less expensive. And, unlike the already sold-out Sinskey, it's in stock and available now.
This beautiful Pinot Noir is the new, under-the-radar project from Pinot legend Gary Farrell. Lovers of the classic California red will find much to love here. It tastes like cocoa-dusted plums and has a satisfying creaminess of texture. Although very enjoyable now, don't be surprised if this holds for another 5 years with ease. 96 points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
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