Peppery, black cherry with meat and bacon aroma from maturity. Not as voluminous as the Violette bottling, but beautiful all the same. (RH)13.5% Drink 2012-2016
The emergence of syrah in Canada, and in particular in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, has been one of the most pleasant developments of the last few years, in Canada, and this wine is one of the finest examples of what that grape can do in that particular region. Born of the 2010 vintage, which had winemakers in the Okanagan stressing over record rain and exceptionally cool weather, it shows the mix of tension and aromatic expressiveness that makes people crave for Northern Rhône syrahs like Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph. Multilayered and complex, it makes you constantly want to go back to the glass and take in its ripe and young aromas of black pepper, black fruit, herbs and spices, bacon and a touch of anise – the descriptors could go on and on. The tannin structure is fine and tight, and the wine has as much freshness as depth. Definitely worth keeping around for a few years. Very highly recommended.
Le Vieux Pin’s syrah 2010 is a wine of remarkable freshness for the Okanagan, with a lovely lifted, white pepper, sagebush, cranberry-red currant, vibrant raspberry flavour. The palate is mid-weight, balanced, with nicely integrated wood and moderate alcohol (13.5%); tannins are firm but sufficiently enveloped in fruit extract to compensate, and ensure future development. Here’s a wine of refinement and class to be sure, better in 2-3 years.
This is an excellent, firm yet well-appointed syrah that nicely balances fresh, lively currant fruit, great pepper, nutmeg and Okanagan sage. It has fine tension, energy and structure if not the greatest length. This is a very honest, authentic and focused syrah. No over-extraction, no over-oaking, no attempt to seduce through artifice. Some sourness and tannic grit suggest you age it for awhile. Best 2015 to 2020.