Copain is producing some of the best pinots in California. Last year, I was lucky enough to take a tour of one of Copain’s Mendocino vineyard sites with winemaker Wells Guthrie. This picture — with the rustic barn, beautiful blue sky — is emblematic of the Copain’s wines: earthy and elegant.
Copain’s Tous Ensemble blends are a great value (under $20 at K&L Wine) — try the pinot noir, syrah, and viognier. Their single vineyard wines are remarkable. I highly recommend the Hawkes Butte Syrah and the Monument Tree Pinot Noir.