2018 Copia "The Cure"
Owners Varinder and Anita Sahi have said that life's path is seldom straight. (Isn’t that the truth!) You move forward, then back, then side-to-side and somehow, forward again. For them, this is their story…it all started in Chicago and Indianapolis, when hours of getting to know one another turned into years. There was a shy glass of Provençal rosé, which led to a serious Grand Cru from Burgundy, that then took them to an opulent line-up of wines from Booker Vineyard. And that was all in 2015! When they found themselves in Paso Robles at the end of that year, they looked at each other and said, "Now that's what's up." In 2015, their paths converged, by traveling to Paso Robles and the story continues.
This is Copia’s homage to the great wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a higher blend of 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, and 26% Mourvèdre. The Cure for 2019 is a very rich, full-bodied red that is bursting with deep, French oak-enriched flavor and ripe berry. The color is a deep saturated ruby with slightly light edges. The wine was a little shy on opening the bottle, until you gave it a few minutes for this beauty to reveal the classic “Rhône” bouquet of Herbs de Provence and ripe blue fruit with aromas of lavender, vanilla, and spice hints of minerality. These elements continue through to the midpalate that is clearly defined with flavors of spice and rich fruit, polished tannins combined with enough acidity to give this wine enough lift through the palate and on to a long lively finish. You can enjoy its qualities now or cellar this gem for a few years where it could gain more complexity. It should age beautifully up to 15 years.
By Perry Miroballi