2016 Painted Rock Syrah


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

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Community Tasting Note

  • geoffjb Likes this wine: 88 points

    April 25, 2020 - Medium ruby/purple in colour with pronounced aromas of ripe raspberry and hints of cinnamon, cigar, and dark chocolate. On the palate were pronounced flavours of black cherry, cigar box, and black pepper. Acidity was medium and tingly. Alcohol was high but not too hot and tannins were low, smooth, and ripe. This full-bodied wine was well-balanced with a very long, peppery finish. This was a bit expensive, but it was enjoyable and well-balanced with nice acidity that should cellar for a few years.

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  • KillerJones commented:

    5/6/20, 5:55 PM - Great review, Geoff. With all the fantastic Syrah in the ‘hood, I have yet to fall for this one.

    I found out that PR used new American oak on this vintage & perhaps this makes it so smoky & peppery…so different from the delicate Syrah from LVP.

    I plan on trying another bottle this Fall on a cool evening outside … see how it evolves.

    You planning on visiting the OK this summer?

  • geoffjb commented:

    5/6/20, 7:45 PM - Thank you! I have to agree that Le Vieux Pin puts out some great stuff. I've had the Violette a few times, but I'm really excited about the Classique (and eventually the Equinoxe, though I'm trying my best to save it a little while).

    We'll definitely be visiting the Coast and the Okanagan this summer once we're able. We replaced our big trip to the US with a puppy (just born last week) but will still make the trek. Any plans yourself?

  • KillerJones commented:

    5/7/20, 10:59 AM - That sounds like a good trade - who doesn't love a puppy?

    Hope you make it to the OK this season - sounds like it may be quieter than most, with this virus lurking...

    I was planning on exploring Vietnam by motorcycle this summer but that has fallen through - so, I may just hit TO instead & visit Niagara on the lake...I hear these wineries are hurting.

    Safe travels, my friend.

  • geoffjb commented:

    5/8/20, 10:33 AM - That's a shame your trip fell through—what an experience that would be—but I imagine Toronto and Niagara will be beautiful too. So you ride too! We have more in common than I thought. I have a little Ninja 300 that hasn't seen much action since I started working 4 minutes from home—by the time I gear up, I could be at work already!

  • KillerJones commented:

    5/8/20, 5:43 PM - That is a terrific ride, Geoff. Quality bikes are tough to sell...I still have one in the garage these days - '83 BMW R100 RS. (It was my father's before he passed)

    I don't ride as much these days, but do enjoy it once in a while. I was looking forward to riding a Honda Win in Vietnam - just get lost for a month.

    Now, how the hell did we get this far from

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