Who are the Bouchaines?  It doesn’t really matter at this point. It was the maiden name of one of the original partners in this winery.

The important question is who are the Copelands? If you are from Delaware, you probably already know.  They are well-known philanthropists in their home state. The founded the Delaware Art Museum. They also underwrite the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, The Grand Opera House and OperaDelaware.

Native Delawareans, Gerret and Tatiana Copeland were part of the investment group that purchased the winery in 1981. They eventually bought out the other  investors in the early nineties, and turned their hobby into a full time job. By the mid-nineties, they had completely renovated the winery and started working with a number of well-known Napa winemakers to build out their program. That included Jerry Luper, John Montero, Eugenia Keegan and David Stevens.

Since 2002, the winemaker has been Michael Richmond, the founder of Acacia Winery.  The winery was at the epicenter of the earthquake in 2014, losing about 1/3 of their wine in barrels.

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Bouchaine 2009 Pinot Noir Carneros

Wine Review: Bouchaine 2009 Pinot Noir Carneros

Cardamon and clove on the nose with a blast of cherry. The body is silken and light but also earthen like clay dust.  The palate is sun dried cherries and a touch of cola. The finish pushes into burnt vanilla and fresh dark fruits.