A lighter shade of Pinot?


Wells Guthrie of Copain contacted me after having read Pinotphilia and other afflictions.   He had steadily established a reputation as a maker of pretty full-on Pinots  since he began in 1996 but has recently changed his style.  I finally met him properly (having come across him by chance briefly in Spruce restaurant in San Francisco) at last weekend's IPNC Pinot Noir tasting in Oregon.  I had a similar conversation with Ehren Jordan of Failla, who continues to make massive Zinfandels for Turley Wine Cellars but is making increasingly delicate California Pinots, notably from Sonoma Coast vineyards.