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 http://www.hiredbelly.com/synchromesh-wines-shifting-gears-okanagan-falls/6904
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: http://scoutmagazine.ca/2014/05/01/message-in-a-bottle-synchromesh-flies-down-the-straightaway-with-tertre-rouge/
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.”
“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.”
Full Article: http://eatmagazine.ca/sustainable-wines/