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2017 Equinoxe Syrah  |  92 points- 4/5 value

Le Vieux Pin’s top end syrah cuts a particularly dashing figure in 2017, perfumed and finessed, yet tightly wound and structured, and destined for more some time in the cellar. I like the ongoing integration of fine, grainy tannins and the vibrant acids, while nearly half new-oak ageing goes essentially unnoticed, such is the depth of fruit flavour and density that has been fully digested by the wine. There’s a fine, peppery streak in the varietal idiom, and length and depth are excellent. Another refined and balanced syrah from Le Vieux Pin.

John Szabo (MS)  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: February 2021

94 points- 4/5 value

Équinoxe is a concept, of that we are certain and in any given vintage la façon de penser that is Le Vieux Pin’s Reserve line will give itself up for a grape variety of promise, or in a vintage like 2016, to several worthy of holding the flame. If winemaker Severine Pinte intuits the prospect for balance, above all else, then another Èquinoxe baton is passed. This merlot joins the likes of cabernet franc from a vineyard known as La Feuille d’Or, “the golden leaf,” situated on the Golden Mile Bench. The gravels and cobbles suit these Right Bank-styled wines so well, equipping them with a natural, elemental, metalliferous and matter of fact base from which to develop. If time is permitted (and LVP has graced us this possibility) then all the building blocks will melt, render and morph like pulverized particles through a silken merlot of ductile texture. This glass is just that and the fruit holds taut against the musculature of structure. Opposing forces cooperate, unite and become one. Equal day, equal night. Equal old world, equal new world. Either spring or fall. Uguaglianza, égalité, equality. Drink 2022-2027.

Michael Godel  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: January 2021

91 points. 4.5/5 value

From the home LVP site on the Black Sage Bench, and its sand over clay base, this is a structural, masculine and savoury expression of Syrah. Based around a beautiful core of violet, dense blueberry and cassis, but with syrah’s meaty reductive face evident through. This was somewhat of an experiment, with the blend made up of two neighbouring blocks of 7 rows each, both clone 877, but utilizing two different canopy management techniques (one with early deleafing before flowering). The result of the latter was a lighter, smaller cluster, with thicker grape skins, adding an extra dimension of concentration to the whole. Quite a structural, age worthy wine. This is one of three small lot (50 case) single vineyard syrahs released by the winery from 2018, all raised in neutral barrel for 18 months.

Treve Ring  |  Gismondi on Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

93 points. 4/5 value

Le Faucon, referencing the falcons in the vineyard, is a super sandy vineyard in Osoyoos, and represents one of their warmest, and coldest vineyards. The lake affect is not so prominent here. This is one of three in LVP’s Terroir Series, a small lot (50 [cases] each) release of single vineyard syrah, all raised in neutral barrel for 18 months. This is entirely 174 clone, with vine age approximately 10 years. Savoury throughout, with a sandy textural component, wild cherries, fine tobacco, and subtle peppery spicing running along very lengthy, fine grained tannins. Beautiful finesse now, even in youth, this is certainly a highly cellar-worthy wine.

Treve Ring  |  Gismondi on Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

2018 Syrah Cuvée Classique  |  92 points. 4/5 Value

This is the big brother to Violette, mostly from the Le Verger vineyard (used to be known as Airfield, due to the vineyard’s slightly elevated location on a small bench underneath the Osoyoos airport). Super peppery, with grippy, savoury tobacco, black cherry, wild cassis, thorns, darting pepper, violets, and tight, long tannins that draw this to the finish. This shows the wild and savoury side of syrah, fully ripe, yet so fresh throughout, thanks to Sev’s earlier picking regime. Drinking beautifully now, and with cellaring.

Treve Ring  |  Gismondi on Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

2019 ‘Ava’

Unreleased, and just bottled in June 2020, this was an early peek at the next Ava, named after Sev’s daughter. This vintage was 51% viognier, 37% rousanne, 12% marsanne, in a super floral blend, with viognier’s exuberance at the core. Anise, apricot, fleshy peach and a fine white floral perfume stream throughout to the finish. A showier style, very well handled. Makes a very interesting partner to the 2018 Ava, which was roussanne driven. Looking forward to retesting in a couple of months.

Treve Ring  |  Gismondi on Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

91 points. 4.5/5 value

From Sev’s own vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, her ‘little Chateauneuf du Pape’, this was barrel fermented in all new wood where it remained for 9 months, with regular bâtonnage. Lovely honeyed nut nose leads into creamy pear on the savoury body, drawn by fine grained texture to a spiced nutmeal finish. Very elegant and long lived, this is a beautifully fine, structural and finessed wine. Only 50 cases made.

Treve Ring  |  Gismondi On Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

2017 Equinoxe Syrah  |  93 points. 4/5 Value

Équinoxe is all about balance: equal day, equal night, equal heat of the day, equal cold of the night, and equal New World, Old World. But more than that, it represents the top of the syrah chain at Le Vieux Pin, and one of the best in the Okanagan Valley. The fruit comes off a mix of South Okanagan Valley sub-appellations honouring the adage of the sum is always greater than its parts blending method. In 2017 the wine was monumental and elegant in itself, a win-win, but on the palate, it is simply a joy to taste and sip, and it has a long life ahead of it. From wild brambly dark fruit to savoury desert scrub laced with licorice and pepper, this is brooding, complex, and will age effortlessly. Brava.

Anthony Gismondi  |  Gismondi On Wine  |  Tasted: Dec 2020

2019 ‘Ava’  |  93 points. 5/5 Value

2019 is another terrific vintage, maybe one of the best, for Le Vieux Pin’s Rhône blend, in this case, 51% viognier with 37% Roussanne and 12% Marsanne, aged in a mix of new and old puncheons, and a large part in stainless steel. The nose is a delight of white and yellow blossoms, citrus and white and yellow-fleshed orchard fruit, sweet herbs and fennel, lemon zest and acacia honey. I also love the creamy-fresh texture, generous but firm, with a fine, sapid-saline quality on the finish. A truly delicious, well made, distinctive white, a perennial favourite from the Okanagan Valley. Drink or hold mid-term. Tasted January 2021.

john Szabo (MS)  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Jan 2021

92 points

Sourced from a single sandy soiled vineyard in Osoyoos, this supple syrah was fermented in concrete and aged in neutral French oak. The result is a lovely soft, ripe style with black cherry fruit, gentle pepper and herbs. It is full bodied yet soft and refined with very fine sandy tannins. Impressive texture, lovely palate. The length is excellent.

5/5 Value

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Sept 2020

92 points

From a block with some river stone and sand at the winery on Black Sage Road, this is 100% viognier aged in neutral French oak puncheon. Only 50 cases were made. Not a huge nose here, but very complex with orange, apricot, starfruit, sage and light spice. It is full bodied, creamy yet elegant with some heat. Excellent length, with a sense of minerality on the finish. Excellent length.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Sept 2020

93 points

This is one of Severine Pinte’s first chardonnays, inspired by Meursault in Burgundy. It is sourced from a cooler Golden Mile Bench vineyard. It is certainly full bodied and firm yet elegant at the same time. The nose is a bit reserved but complex with pear, subtle oak and a slightly oxidative hazelnut note. Nicely structured and focused with excellent length.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Sept 2020

2018 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  Bronze Medal

peppery black fruit notes in fresh, firm and understated style.

Sam Caporn (Master of wine)  |  Decanter Magazine’s International Wine Challenge  |  Tasted: Fall 2020

2016 Retouche  |  Bronze Medal

Youthful cassis and pepper. One for both Bordeaux and Rhone fans. Aging potential +

OZ Clarke  |  Decanter Magazine International Wine Challenge  |  Tasted: Fall 2020

2018 ‘Ava’  |  Brone Medal

Peachy, Apricot, pithy acidty with creamy finish. well textured.

Peter McCombie (master of wine)  |  Decanter Magazine’s International wine challenge  |  Tasted: Fall 2020

2018 ‘Ava’  |  92 points

Calculated, figured and reasoned, a 51 per cent roussanne, (36) viognier and (13) marsanne organized, Rhône motivated blend that just fits right. A kiss of new wood and a 35 per cent wood campaign, slightly more in steel and then the other freshener, that being a fifth of this exceptional vintage fruit having seen time in concrete tank. Yes the aromas are wildly fresh, far away tropical and cumulatively enticing. A white blend of rhythm and soul, actionable in every part of its drift and coil, democratic, of no accident, come up to please and at the same time, foil. Offers this and that, high tempo acids opposite fully ripened fruit and all tolled, wrapped up with a tailored bow. Drink 2020-2024. 5/5 value.

Michael Godel  |  wine align  |  Tasted: oct 2020

2019 Sauvignon Blanc  |  89 points

Winemaker Severine Pinte picked this sauvignon early figuring an August hot spell would push it over the edge of ripeness if she delayed. The result is a sauvignon with notably tart acidity, but it has amazing aromatics and flavour intensity. Expect a huge nose of grapefruit, orange, sage and dill. It is mid-weight with substantial mouthfeel but the acidity crashes through on the finish. Very bracing indeed! The length is excellent. 4/5 value

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Sept 2020

2018 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  92 points

Gateway not just to syrah but essentially the entire Le Vieux Pin Okanagan world order. Rarely can a varietal wine like this be just as aromatically precocious as meat juicy and the juxtaposition is radiant yet seamless in its joint behaviour. Violets (o[f] course) are in full bloom, a resting dry-aged steak spills pulchritudinous juices and one sip smacks lips and teases more, more and more. Everything here lines up, one after another, connecting tissue elastic and tying the entire thread together as one. Yes there is a slight rubbery reductiveness though it only serves to preserve freshness, add a waft of liquid smoke, then grind a proper salt and pepper seasoning over the gastronomy of the oeuvre. Telling stuff and worth every penny. Drink 2020-2026.

Value Rating:5/5

Michael Godel  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: August 2020

2018 ‘Ava’  |  92 points

5/5 Value

2018 is a stellar vintage for Le Vieux Pin’s Rhône-inspired white blend, here with just over half roussanne, plus a third viognier and the balance in marsanne. One third of the lot aged in wood goes undetected, save for the slightly more rapid, positive evolution than the concrete and steel portions. Gentle texture meets ripe acids in a full=bodied, round and creamy ensemble, while yellow and white fleshed fruit flavours dominate. Classy, flavourful, concentrated but fresh, this gets it right all around. I’d suggest another year or so in the cellar to develop even more complexity and nuanced flavour. Tasted July 2020.

john Szabo (MS)  |  wine align  |  Tasted: July 2020

2018 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  91 points

The “entry-level” syrah in Le Vieux Pin’s portfolio, the cuvée violette has admittedly also been my favourite through the years. I’d happily trade a bit of weight and heft for syrah’s floral-violet, peppery perfume and finesse any day, historically hallmarks of this cuvée that contains a splash of viognier. Yet I find that the 2018 is less ‘violette’ than previous vintages, which is to say closer in style to its more expensive stablemate, the Equinox Syrah. It seems some of that floral perfume and finesse was traded instead this year for more depth and heft. It’s still an excellent wine, fresh and lively, just darker and with more wood spice character than before. Tannins are also a little more grippy, supported by tight acids. I’d suggest cellaring another year or two for maximum enjoyment, or hold into the mid-twenties. Though I do miss that violette.

John Szabo (MS)  |  wine align  |  Tasted: August 2020

2018 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  92 points

Cuvee Violette has arguably been the benchmark for affordable Okanagan Syrah for the last few years. It is the least expensive in the portfolio of winemaker Severine Pinte, who was trained and worked with this grape in southern France. But the only thing “lesser” compared to its more expensive peers is weight and concentration. Otherwise it is very finely balanced, pretty and very much a syrah, with ripe plummy fruit, violets and trademark pepper. It is medium-full bodied with balanced, warming 13.5% alcohol, fresh acidity in this cooler year and finely parsed dusty tannin. There is a touch of green on the finish, along with licorice and pepper. The length is very good to excellent.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: June 2020

2018 ‘Ava’  |  92 points

Ava is inspired by the whites of the south of France made from roussanne, marsanne and viognier. In this vintage roussanne takes the majority position at 51%, followed by viognier at 36% and marsanne the balance. It was fermented and aged in French oak, new tulip shaped concrete vats and stainless steel. It is a very fine nuanced and balanced wine, quite rich yet elegant. The nose is gentle with yellow plum, starfruit and florals plus vanilla, light spice and toasty nuances from frequent lees stirring. I am most impressed by the delicate balance and smooth texture, with the 13.6% alcohol in check and very good acidity. The length is excellent with lemon joining the mix. Fine to enjoy now although I suspect more complexity in a couple of years. Tasted June 2020.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: June 2020

2016 Syrah Cuvée Classique  |  90

A slightly subdued nose with some nut and ripe/cooked black fruit notes. The palate shows more with a dry, full bodied, spicy, peppery and leather flavoured palate with a lovely round texture and firm but ripe tannins and a long finish.

Rhys Pender (MW)  |  Wine+  |  Tasted: July 2019

2017 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  92

Funky, wet woollen nose with a slight reduction, not so much peppery as cheesy. More peppery to taste with juicy dark red fruit and a chalky finale. Very characterful and needing time to open, develop and rejoice. And as it begins to do so, it does so in regaling fashion, with open brightness, persistence and a salty, fine-grained finish. Drink 2020-2025. Tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019.

Michael Godel  |  wine align  |  Tasted: June 2019

2018 Sauvignon Blanc  |  91

Wholly engrossing sauvignon blanc of great pungency and perhaps a kiss of barrel here. Grassy and in a sense a crossing of Casablanca with Marlborough though just for a fleeting cerebral moment. Some mango to pear fruit sweetness through texture. Ambitious and reminiscently woolly style but B.C. knows how to make this happen and considering the expressiveness, why not? Dry extract and tannin come across on the finish. Drink 2020-2024. Tasted blind at NWAC19,

Michael Godel  |  wine align  |  Tasted: July 2019

2018 Sauvignon Blanc  |  91 points

This estate-grown sauvignon has all kinds of lift and energy, yet remains nicely dry, even a touch austere. Expect generous aromas of juniper, lime/grapefruit citrus, kiwi, cut green pepper. It is mid-weight, tart-edged and very brisk with a stony, lime-peel finish. Excellent length, and certainly stands among the best sauvignons made in Canada.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Tasted July 2019

2017 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  91 points

This continues to be one of the better value syrah’s of the Okanagan, especially for those who like the northern Rhone styling – with ample pepper, smoked meat, roasted herbs and that core dark cherry fruit. It rings with authenticity. And although youthful and tight now it carries this solid acid-mineral core, with tannins in low brush. Not the richest syrah out of BC, but nicely focused in a leaner, linear style, and a bit greener in this vintage. The length is excellent. Best 2020 to 2026.

David Lawrason  |  wine align  |  Tasted: Tasted July 2019

2016 Petit Rouge  |  89 points

This is compilation of merlot, syrah and cabernet franc aged 13 months in neutral French oak. There is a nice berry, peppery and herbality lift to the nose… not so ‘petit’ but it delivers well for the price. Very good length.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: July 2017

2017 Petit Blanc  |  89 points

This blends every white grape on the property including Rhone varieties, sauvignon and pinot gris. It hasa lot going on for the money with quite complex aromas of pineapple, citrus, mint and fennel. It is medium weight, fairly creamy yet nicely fresh with very good flavour depth. More here than I expected, and not all that ‘petit’.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: July 2018

2014 Equinoxe Syrah  |  91 points

This wine is inspired by the masters of the northern Rhône, and takes the route of a blend of sub-appellations rather than a single vineyard expression. Hedgerow and bramble notes are joined by savoury, mulchy scents. Delicious and pure, it has an intensity of undergrowth, tobacco, cedar and black fruit in the mouth which comes across with freshness and length. Aged in French oak barrels and puncheons, 56% new.

Drinking Window 2018 – 2024

 

James Button  |  Decanter Magazine  |  Tasted: May 2018

2017 ‘Ava’  |  93 points

Languedoc-raised winemaker Severine Pinte has made a speciality of Rhône grapes at Le Vieux Pin, with resounding if discreet success. This 53% Viognier, 27% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne blend is everything it should be and more, in florality, flavour and finesse.

Drinking Window 2018 – 2021

 

Steven Spurrier  |  Decanter Magazine  |  Tasted: July 2018

2013 Equinoxe Syrah  |  91 points

When you see mention of Rhône luminaries such as Jamet, Chave and Clape as Le Vieux Pin’s inspiration for this wine, produced from four sub-appellations in the Okanagan Valley, you know they mean business. This is their flagship wine, aged in oak for 18 months – although no new oak is used and the majority is completely neutral, adding texture without the vanilla and spices that might mask the purity of the fruit. It’s a rich and deep Syrah with a splash of Viognier, à la Hermitage, showing tons of blue and black fruit on the nose. There is a Rhône-like white pepper note infused in the plummy hedgerow fruit. A smooth and opulent red which showcases the potential of this region.

Drinking Window 2017 – 2024

 

James Button  |  Decanter Magazine  |  Tasted: May 2017

2016 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  92 points

Une syrah toute en finesse avec des tannins fermes et élégants et une acidité qui fait saliver. Et que dire de ses arômes enivrants de prune rouge, poivre blanc, violette et cassis. Un autre millésime très réussi!! Un partenaire idéal pour le gibier et les grillades.

Michelle Bouffard  |  Wine ALign  |  Tasted: July 2018

2016 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  Platinum Medal

Tasted blind by a Panel of wine critics spanning Canada’s coast to coast. Platinum Medal Winner

Wine Align National Wine Awards  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: July 2018

2016 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  92 points

Open, and heavily violet – perfumed off the top, clean, and inviting, full of crunchy black fruit and pepper. The palate is fleshy and dense, with great length.

John Szabo (MS)  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: July 2018

2015 Equinoxe Syrah  |  92 points

From the third warmest year in BC history this is quite finely-chiseled and elegant for its size and depth. Expect fairly lifted, cedary, licorice, vanillin, black pepper, dark cherry and chocolaty aromas. It is full bodied to be sure, but quite elegant as well, which creates a lighter ambiance. The firm tannins tend to tone down the fruit on the finish. In short it is not really showy at the moment, so I would wait another two or three years. Excellent length.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: June 2018

2016 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  93 points

Cuvee Violette is the least expensive, and less grand of Severine Pinte’s stellar syrahs, but there is an edge and vibrancy I really like. And make no mistake – the aromas and flavours are authentic and appealing northern Rhone. Expect lifted violet, black cherry/currant fruit, pepper, smoked meat, oak vanillin and spice. So complex and expansive on the palate – full bodied, dense and dripping with black fruit, licorice and pepper. Yet there is firmness and some tannin as well. The length is excellent. Best now to 2025.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: June 2018

2014 Equinoxe Syrah  |  93 points

56% new oak here, but the wine swallows it well. Lush, fresh, floral black cherry fruit with some olive tapenade and some peppery notes. Has ripness but also some muscle, as well as some oak. This should age really well. Impressive, although the oak sticks out a tiny bit. Superb, given a bit more time.

Jamie Goode  |  Wine Anorak  |  Tasted: June 2018

2010 Équinoxe Syrah  |  16.5+/20

basil and bay note and a sour, taut black fruit on the finish. It’s a formidable, powerful style but it really works, and still has loads of compact fruit – this is a wine to age for decades. (RH)Drink 2020-2040

richard Hemming (MW)  |  jancis robinson  |  Tasted: 2017

2011 Syrah  |  17-20

Tar, granite and pepper on the nose – very traditional Syrah with a European sensibility. Very savoury and spicy on the palate – this is real Rhône-inspired wine, with excellent violet and spice on the long finish. (RH)12.7% Drink 2014-2021

 

Richard Hemming (MW)  |  Jancis Robinson  |  Tasted: 2017

2016 Vaïla Rosé  |  90 Points

A pretty dress tinged with a salmon color. A fresh nose with an average intensity of notes of rhubarb, pink grapefruit, orange peel and a pleasant tip of salinity that repeats in the mouth. Slightly rustic, but gives a lot of happiness to the aperitif or with a smoked salmon bagel.

Michelle Bouffarde

2016 ‘Ava’  |  90 Points

Un assemblage style Rhône composé de viognier (50%), roussanne (32%) et marsanne (18%). Distinctement viognier avec des parfums de pêche, miel, rose, poivre blanc et gingembre. Une bonne acidité en bouche mais aussi une texture ample avec une longue finale.

Sara d'Amato  |  Tasted: Juin 2017

2016 ‘Ava’  |  90 Points

My blind notes start like this: Gorgeous nose! All grapes show! Bodacious. A blend of marsanne, roussanne, and viognier with classic aromas of peaches, beeswax and apricot. The palate is a complex arrangement of stonefruit, honey and pungent, sticky herbs. A nuance of new oak shows on the creamy spicy finish. Give plenty of air and a huge glass now, or save for a few years. Very special wine.

DJ Kearney  |  Tasted: June 2017

2016 ‘Ava’  |  91 Points

Le Vieux Pin is, in my view, the leading “Rhone varieties” producer in the Canada. Two vintages ago this named Gold Medal Plates Wine of the Year, and the 2016 follows nicely. It is a blend of 50% viognier, 35% roussanne and 15% marsanne displaying very refined, clean nose of mirabel plum, starfruit, apricot, jasmin, pepper and anise. Just a touch herbal as well. It is full bodied, rich, leaner and a bit less blowsy than some. Some heat here on the finish, but some minerality as well.

David Lawrason  |  Tasted: June 2017

2014 Equinoxe Syrah  |  93 Points

Equinoxe takes its cue from the astronomical equinox “the only times when the edge between night and day is perpendicular to the equator and as a result, the northern and southern hemispheres are equally illuminated.” At Le Vieux Pin winemaker Severine Pinte says her Équinoxe is about equal day, equal night. Equal heat of the day, equal cold of the night. Equal New World, equal Old World. I say it’s Next World. This is a blockbuster syrah with fruit taken from various sub-appellations in the South Okanagan Valley: the Black Sage Bench and Osoyoos West Bench, East Bench and Lake District. If anything, it’s a bit richer than the 2013 and most certainly one of the best in the valley. Equinox is a balance of power and elegance, perfectly aged in 56 percent new French oak barrels and puncheons and 44 percent used barrels. Ripe but savoury, floral, black cherry and tobacco mark the nose while the palate is a mix of blueberries and fine-grained tannins. Roasted leg of lamb is the perfect match.

Anthony Gismondi  |  Tasted: May 2017

2014 Equinoxe Syrah  |  92 Points

Le Vieux Pin’s 2014 top end syrah “Equinox”, aged in barrel, half new, is a serious and brooding, dark and dense expression from this warm southern Okanagan vintage (1/4 from the Black Sage Bench and 3/4 from Osoyoos). It offers thick blueberry and blackberry extract on the palate, pine resin and cracked black pepper spice, smoked meat and violet essence, while tannins are plush and very ripe and acids balanced enough to keep the ensemble buoyant and lively. Wood is not a significant flavour influence but it’s still tightly wound and far from its maximum expression to be sure, so be sure to tuck in the cellar for another 2-3 years, or hold into the mid-late twenties without a stretch. A serious BC syrah all in all, which would be comfortable on the table alongside any top level (more restrained) South Australian or Californian examples.

John Szabo, MS  |  Tasted: August 2017

2015 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  90 Points

Cuvée Violette is always about its florals and often that means violets. The wine is a selection of like-minded fruit that is smooth and ready to drink. It’s co-fermented with 1 percent Roussanne to add some texture and freshness. Winemaker Severine Pinte calls it LVP’a feminine/graceful syrah, referring to it as “a syrah for pinot noir lovers.” I like the gentle collision of floral roasted meats and cracked pepper with earthy, savoury blackberry fruit. You can drink this now with grilled meats or give three to five more years in bottle to reach its zenith. Impressive without overpowering the drinker.

Anthony Gismondi  |  Tasted: May 12, 2017

2015 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  90 Points

Aucune surprise ici. Un vin qui se démarque encore une fois et pour de bonnes raisons. Notes typiquement associées à la syrah de la vallée de l’Okanagan lorsqu’elle atteint son apogée. Un nez séducteur avec des arômes de violettes, myrtille, poivre blanc et une touche de notes sanguines. Tout en fraîcheur avec des tannins fermes mais intégrés. Mets l’eau à la bouche. Parfait pour le gibier.

Michelle Bouffarde

2015 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  90 Points

This syrah impresses year after year. Although it’s not the “top” (most expensive) syrah cuvée from Le Vieux Pin, it tends to be my favourite for its beguiling floral perfume, juicy-fresh-sweet blackberry flavour and herbal twang. The 2015 shows solid freshness equalled by ripeness, silky-refined tannins and solid length. A winning style to be sure.

John Szabo, MS  |  Tasted: April 2017

2015 Syrah Cuvée Violette  |  91 Points

This is a lovely BC syrah made very much in a Rhone style with ripe dark fruit, dried smoked meat, pepper, capers and some minerality. It pours deep dark purple-black. It’s quite full bodied, fairly firm but not austere, with excellent length. Great syrah character.

David Lawrason  |  Tasted: May 2017

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