Copain
Santa Barbara County, California
Thompson Vineyard
Syrah
2007
$24.99
14.5%
Fully black core with razor thin crimson red rims, foreboding glow to it. Smoky, stony nose, not all that much oak left, shoe leather, vague floral lift, edgy in a hard to describe way, thicker currant, plum scents than berries, overall more clenched than open. Medium-bodied, works hard to have the acidity frame the mouth entry. The tannin seems a little underripe, astringent at the end. Still, offers the requisite citrus zest and gathers enough floral perfume to make a go of it. Sour cherry, red currant to blackberry fruit. The oak sour as well and dominates past the mid-palate, as mentioned woody finish. Perhaps crafted to be something it was not, in any event a good few years past its apex.
87 points

Note: Even with the disparity in vintages and producer style, thought this would be fun to pop after the Tensley. Sara and I both agreed, no contest in favor of Joey. Just permeated with a sense of a goal and then working backwards to make the grapes bend to suit that goal.