2012 was a rather typical Okanagan growing season, a suitable mix of hot days and cold nights in the pocket desert Le Vieux Pin sources its grapes from for its Syrahs. Ripeness was uniform overall, resulting in increased fruitiness and smoothness. The grapes for this wine are from the renowned Black Sage Bench in North Oliver from 7-16 year old vines, with production at 616 cases.
Primarily from Syrah with a couple percent of Viognier blended in, the Syrah Cuvee Violette from the 2012 vintage is full of violets (the name gave it away) and harvest-ready plums and autumn spices, wrapped in smooth tannins. There also enough acidity to balance out the fruit. it’s subtle wine with surprising elegance for such a young Syrah, making it a versatile red for both food pairing and on its own. More old world than new, it’s definitely ready to drink now, though the winemaker notes it can be stored for 5 to 7 years.
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My Vivino rating: 4 stars