La Violette has been considered the benchmark in more affordable BC syrah for the past handful of years, thanks to the deft winemaking of Severine Pinte who emigrated from the south of France to the Okanagan several years ago. She is combining viticultural know-how and winemaking acuity to create syrahs that capture the grape to a tee, with a structural and winemaking sensibility that the French have mastered. There is a weave, complexity and balance that is very fine, if just a bit Euro rustic rather than New World glossy. Expect accurate syrah cherry, pepper, BC sage, dried leaf and dusty earthiness on the nose and palate. The length is very good to excellent, although I wished for more (which is to be found in her more expensive wines). Best 2022 to 2025.
Fresh and delicate with haunting aroma of red plum, violets and white pepper with subtle licorice notes on the finish. The touch of oak is integrated. Polished tannins with bright acid and a savory finish. One of the best Syrah coming out of the Okanagan. Bravo. Tasted blind at NWAC in October 2021.
Fruit lurks and the wine waits. Closed in such brooding youth. Darkening red fruit to purple and black. Quality tannins, sweet and high acid retention. Tang in spades, hearts and across palates. Wild ride, not the silkiest nor the most ethereal as far as syrah is concerned but do not judge less you be judged and here syrah perfume will emerge, emit and express. Be patient. Drink 2022-2026. Tasted blind at NWAC2021, October 2021.