2015 Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvée Classique


  • Canada
  • British Columbia
  • Okanagan Valley
  • Okanagan Valley VQA

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Community Tasting Note

  • ajbergren wrote: 94 points

    September 26, 2018 - Dark rich red with very high optical density and very high specular reflectivity. Huge aroma intensity pours out of the glass, with dark fruits, dusty underbrush, violets, iodine-laced seaside, and roasted meats. Quite complex on the nose, with huge delicious yet thoughtful character. On the palate, it shows a very polished and even texture, with medium acidity and very full body and a very dry profile. In a way, quite a modern take on the textures with a vivid framework that provides a really delicious sensation. Flavours on the attack are a mix of dark and dark red fruits (black cherry, blackberries, cassis, and some plum) with really excellent intensity. Very vivid and lively, with an almost bouncy character to the entry. The midpalate stays rich, and brings in some savory spicy notes, with some smoked meats and floral-laced spiciness underneath the savory notes. The final transition shows iodine, with that rare meat sort of sea side thing that happens in Northern Rhone wines, which this certainly emulates well, just using really vivid New World Fruit. The finish has good length and intensity, with some dried leather and tobacco notes over a really excellent tannin presence that cleans up the palate and yet is not too much at all- just perfect!

    Here is an astounding Syrah wine from Le Vieux Pin that reminds me why they are my favourite producer in the Okanagan. This wine just kills it- interest, intensity, complexity, depth, deliciousness, and a host of other characteristics that I find really pleasing. This Vintage (2015) is perhaps really easy to like at this age, as it is young, but can certainly age for quite some time to come. But just so delicious here, I find no reason to wait..... but yet I suspect it will only get better with time in cellar..... one of those treats that keeps me coming back to this style! Outstanding!!

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  • YYC-Wineguy commented:

    9/27/18, 4:54 PM - Amazing write up.

  • KillerJones commented:

    10/7/18, 4:48 PM - Your eloquence made me open a bottle. Many thanks!

  • ajbergren commented:

    10/7/18, 6:14 PM - Thanks! I appreciate the kind words!

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