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Some Great Reviews on Our New Releases

We have been busy pounding the pavement in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island for the past few weeks and enjoyed meeting many of our fans and spending time with the industry and writers who have generously supported us.  Below is some recent press on our wines and philosophies.

We enjoyed a visit with Tim Pawsey (The Hired Belly) and local writer Jeannette Montgomery during their break from the Oyster Festival.  It was a lovely day for a walk around the vineyard and we were able to chat about farming, the construction we are undergoing for our soon to come tasting room building and of course taste some wine.  See the full article here

Here are Tim’s notes on the wines:

Synchromesh Thorny Vines Riesling 2012 is an every day drinking, more off-dry (but by no means ‘sweet’) style, which comes from still young vines on the Naramata Bench—and it’s plainly labeled as such on the bottle. Look for lively lemon lime flavours wrapped in juicy acidity, with a decent end. 90 pts.

Synchromesh Storm Haven 2013. You’ll want to be tracking down this superb, mineral driven drop, which even now is showing extraordinary complexity, with tropical and citrus notes wrapped in keen acidity, with some honeyed notes and formidable length that will no doubt continue to develop. I’d be tempted to wait a while to do it full justice.  $31.90, 92 pts.

Synchromesh Palo Solera Pinot Noir 2012. From a sustainable farmed site on the East Kelowna Bench. Forward black cherry aromas, followed by a medium bodied palate with darker notes plus some herbal and earthy edges with firm tannins. Early days. $24.90. 88 pts.

Synchromesh Tertre Rouge 2011. This is Dickinson’s current “serious” red entry (named for the famous Le Mans corner), a blend of Cabernet Franc (62.5%) and Merlot (37.5%). Alan is (almost) as passionate about Cab Franc as he is Riesling and grows these grapes on a dedicated contract  vineyard (Turtle Rock, owned by the Britton family), a warm site in the heart of the Naramata Bench. This wine sports an appealing, juicy acidity, with bright red berry notes and anise undertones, well structured with some plushness from the Merlot, and a lengthy end. Should develop very well. $34.90. 91 pts.

Synchromesh Thorny Vines Botrytis Affected Riesling 2013. A truly unique wine, not at all your typical BA style, picked early. Think more aperitif than dessert wine. Orchard fruits and honeyed notes on the nose with vibrant citrus and apricot on the palate with keen acidity, and a zesty close that keeps on going. Again, worth waiting for this one to come around. 91 pts. 375 ml. $14.90 (A smart size, and a deal.)


Treve Ring, a rising star of the wine writing world that I have great respect for had some nice things to say about our wines in Scout Magazine here:

Here are her quick notes on the 2011 Tertre Rouge and 2013 Thorny Vines Botrytis Affected Riesling

“From a single vineyard tucked up above the Naramata Bench comes this expressive red. Cab Franc dominates the blend with beauty black cherry, spicy cassis, sun-ripened tomato and dusty thorns, while Merlot plumps up the balance, all dark chocolate, roasted coffee and fragrant ripe blackberry. Acidity is brisk, tannins are confident and the vanilla essence on the finish lengthy. After a 15 month stint in French oak, plus a further yearlong repose in bottle, the wine is ready for release.”

Synchromesh Wines
“Thorny Vines Vineyard Botrytis Affected Riesling 2013
Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC
*$14.90 for 375ml

This is not your usual botrytis influenced wine. But then again, Alan Dickinson does not operate your average BC winery. This purposely small, family owned and operated winery focused on terroir-centric wines, sustainably produced from vineyard to glass. That means no chemicals, low cropping, indigenous yeasts and no additives or manipulations in winemaking. When botrytis (noble rot) took hold in part of the Thorny Vines Riesling last fall, Alan decided to listen to nature and pre-select botrytis clusters at a very early stage of ripeness to add to this wine. The result – an apparently dry, aperitif wine with 30 g/L of residual sugar that you can not possibly believe is there. Crisp lime, green apple, apple peel, almonds lime pith and wildflower honey, with Anjou pear bringing up the finish and bright, lively acidity through the lengthy finish. And only 8.6% alcohol! A revelation, and welcome. Alan decided to bottle in 375ml so restaurants/consumers could experiment with this unusual and charismatic wine. 89 points.”

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New Releases Now Available

We are pleased to present our 2014 portfolio of wines.  This year features three different Rieslings from two vineyard sites as well as our 2011 Tertre Rouge and 2012 ‘Palo Solara Vineyard’ Pinot Noir.  All these wines will available to taste at our spring release events but some may be sold out in advance.  Dates and details for the events are below.

2013 produced another classic, collectible Storm Haven Riesling that has tremendous cellaring potential and captures the seamless tension and minerality of the vineyard beautifully.

The Thorny Vines Vineyard provided the opportunity for two distinct wines, the regular bottling is similar to the 2012 but with much greater complexity and ripe stone fruit balancing the crisp citrus profile.  The half bottles of Botrytis Affected Riesling also produced are a very special wine, finished just off dry it is the ultimate appetizer wine or take it to the park with a picnic.  As this wine ages it will become increasingly complex and the nutty, honeyed character of the botrytis will show through more.

A small amount of 2013 Amelia Block Gewurztraminer was produced as the final production of this wine ever!! We have prepared the block for Pinot Noir plantings this spring.  Most of this wine went into our wine club cases so act now if you would like to secure some.

The 2012 Pinot Noir and 2011 Tertre Rouge were released earlier in the year and are tasting great but stocks are depleting fast.mixed-case-shop

International Riesling Expert Stuart Pigott visits our little winery Synchromesh Wines

On Thursday last week I was honoured by a visit from someone whom I respect tremendously in the world of wine. Stuart Pigott, based in Berlin is arguably THE Riesling guy on the planet. He has tasted and written about Riesling of the world more than any other writer and is truly obsessed with the grape.

We tasted for 2 hours along with his partner Ursula Henzelmann who is also a very respected food and wine writer. Read below for his initial thoughts on the wines of the Okanagan. They visited other top Riesling producers in the valley at Tantalus VineyardsWild Goose Vineyards andAlan and Stuart Pigott Winery, Cedar Creek, Mission Hill, Quails Gate and a few others the day after us. It is great to see such validation of the quality of Riesling produced in the Okanagan Valley by as significant a palate as Stuart’s.

Read his full article at the link below where he calls our 2012 Storm Haven Riesling the most extraordinary Riesling he has tasted in a long time!!

Synchromesh 2011 Riesling Storm Haven Vineyard Wins Lieutenant Governor Award!!

We Won!!! 2011 Synchromesh Storm Haven Riesling was selected as one of 12 winners for a Lieutenant Governors Award for Excellence! Over 400 wines were in the competition and our Riesling was the only one of the winners selected by every judge.

We are super proud to say the least. John Schreiner sums up the results and competition details well in his post here:

We sadly are sold out of the 2011 and the since released 2012 but have plenty of our second Riesling ‘Thorny Vines Vineyard’ available to tide you over until the next release.

As you can see, Morris is very proud to be tending award winning vines!

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Synchromesh Tasting Room Now Open!

Tasting room is open on this beautiful day in OK Falls, come by and visit. We are on the last half case of Tertre Rouge at the winery and the final case of Storm Haven Riesling!!!!

Don’t worry if you missed out, we have our excellent Thorny Vines Vineyard Riesling available to tide you over until the next vintage