91 Points - John Schreiner:
"Made with fruit from three south Okanagan vineyards, this wine begins with an appealing red fruit aroma. On the palate, there are flavours of plum and black cherry with spice and white pepper on the finish. The tannins are round and ripe."
90 Points - David Lawrason:
"This could very easily be syrah from the Rhône Valley. It has a lovely, floral, blackberry, licorice and peppery nose buffed with some new oak vanilla and smoke. It's medium-full bodied, smooth and a touch sweet but in-filled with great black licorice and ripe blackberry. The finish trails some minerality and sage, hitting excellent length. Best 2013 to 2018."
93 Points - John Szabo (Master Somellier):
"Wow. First class syrah here, a big step up from the Le Vieux Pin's already very good "regular" syrah. This has incredibly dense and complex flavours spanning the spectrum from smoke and tar to ripe but not jammy fruit, garrigue, liquorice, faded roses and violets, and top notch dark chocolate. The palate is really well balanced and poised, with terrific flavour intensity without excessive extraction, just well-managed tannins and juicy acidity, leading into a long, long finish. Absolutely terrific and highly inviting now, but likely best 2014-2020."
93 Points - David Lawrason:
"This is terrific! One of those rich, molten syrahs that slips and slides its away from start to finish. The nose is a bit reserved but still shows lovely pepper, licorice/caraway, black olive/berry fruit and B.C. sage. It's full bodied, very smooth and creamy without being soupy. Very clean lines here, with quite well integrated tannin and alcohol, although it should sit another couple of years to calm a touch of roasted coffee bean bitterness. The length is excellent. This wine is exquisite! Best 2014 to well beyond 2020."
95 Points - John Schreiner:
"This is a ripe red made from grapes grown around 1.5 tons an acre. It starts with an intriguing aroma of red liquorice, pepper and raw steak. On palate, there are generous flavours of plums, black cherries and red liquorice. The texture is full, rich and elegant."
"Outstanding" - Wine Press NorthWest
"Our 2009 B.C. Winery to Watch continues to impress with its high-quality, small-lot program. Some may even call it extreme. These blocks off the Black Sage Bench were cropped to 3.5 tons per acre and dropped in French and acacia barrels for four months. That regimen only seems to have elevated and complemented the exotic nose of orange Creamsicle, white peach and pineapple with a splash of lemon bitters. The palate brings volumes of interest with orange, tangerine, toasted marshmallow and peach. While round and a bit sweet, it's not out of balance because of some pleasing citrus pith in the finish."
90-91 points - Icon Wines
"...impressive, to say the least and shows great promise for future vintages. The key to this wine is the lush tropical fruit character and rich, chewy texture which is very well balanced by crisp, but not tart acidity. The nose is delicate and very complex while the dry palate offers a long finish with lingering tropical fruit flavours..."
92 Points - David Lawrason (Wine Align)
"This is the inaugural vintage of an exotic, intriguing blend of two classic Rhone varieties. The viognier was fermented in a combination of French oak and acacia barrels. It's a terrific wine with an aroma that took me right back to great Condrieu (which I have not had in some time). There is a whiff of SO2 but it blows off to reveal very pretty elderflower, star fruit, spice and some grapefruit skin pithiness. It's medium weight, creamy, warm and very elegant in texture. Some heat and minerality on the finish, with great length."
91 Points - John Szabo
"It's great to see some innovative, well made blends emerging on the Canadian market - this is the first release of the viognier-roussanne from Le Vieux Pin, and it's a stellar start. The viognier adds it's customary exotic fruit, offering succulent ripe peach, apricot and candied violet flavours, while the more restrained and elegant roussanne firms up viognier's fatness and adds a sophisticated honey-hay and sweet herb dimension. 1/3 third is aged in barrel (oak and acacia wood), though remains a delicate backdrop. There's generous ripeness and weight on the palate and excellent length and concentration, finishing with some pleasantly bitter peach/pear skin notes. Enjoy now or hold short term. Tasted May 2011."
"Made from two of the Rhone Valley's most popular, aromatic white varieties Viognier (90%) and Roussanne (10%), this wine is grown on the clay, sand and rocky soils of the Black Sage Bench in the South Okanagan Valley. Expect fragrant aromas of mango, guava and honey with sweet, warm spices and acacia blossoms. The palate is very fresh, it offers exotic citrus and spices with pine/resiny hints. Beautiful balance here and a slick, almost oily texture. A very impressive first release of this blend."
"Excellent" - Wine Press NorthWest
"...the crop load was 2.4 tons per acre - it ranks as one of the tastiest. Volumes of interest start with the evidence of new French oak barrels that exude hints of pineapple upside down cake and tutti frutti. The palate shows emollience along with pineapple, pear and bubble gum flavors. A good shot of acidity revives the tongue."
90 Points - Tony Aspler
"bright straw colour; high toned nose of apple and pineapple with a touch of undergrowth. Full in the mouth , good acidity with a dry finish. Nicely integrated oak."