Le Vieux Pin 2010 Sauvignon Blanc - 91pts

Le Vieux Pin 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and restaurants
Cost: $35
Alcohol: 13.9%
Production: 430 cases
Date Tasted: March 10th, 2011

Tasting Notes: $35 may seem like a lot for a BC Sauvignon Blanc, but getting a taste of this excellent wine from Black Sage Bench producer Le Vieux Pin may change your stance on the subject of "worth". An incredible attention to detail has gone into the production of this wine with 9 batches of Sauvignon Blanc blended, each having received a unique treatment. Combinations of stainless steel and oak aging with an NFL-like playbook of variations was used to create an overtly complex and tasty dry wine that offers rich tropical fruit, herbal, mineral, lees and light oak characters on the nose and palate.

The 2010 vintage has proven to be a good fit for Le Vieux Pin who routinely drop fruit in their vineyards to keep tonnage low, long before the threat of bad weather forces them to. The result is added concentration and a wider spectrum of flavours... and a higher cost per bottle. The "worth" is for you to decide, but I will vouch for the "yum". Drink 2011-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca

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