Serendipity Winery 2010 Devil's Advocate - 88pts

Serendipity Winery 2010 Devil's Advocate (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $25
Alcohol: 13.8%
Date Tasted: August 28th, 2014
Production: 200 cases

Tasting Notes: The blend of Bordeaux varieties and Syrah (specific blend not provided) opens with a beautiful balance of juicy red fruit and sweet spice aromas on the generous nose. The dry, peppery palate follows with pronounced spice elements and added savoury flavours from the oak treatment, pushing the fruit profile of black cherry, raspberry and plum to the background. Tannins have mellowed at 4 years of age, yet, still frame the palate nicely. However, the finish has begun to fade, so, if you have any in your cellar look to open them over the next 1-2 years. 
Drink now-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014

1 comment:

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    The term 'Devil's advocate' was brought into English in the eighteenth century from the medieval Latin expression 'advocatus diaboli'. To describe someone as a Devil's advocate now is to suggest that they are mischievous and opposing, being opposite for it. In medieval Europe, Devil's advocate wasn't seen so contrarily; it was, similar to "chamberlain" or 'cordwainer', a vocation title.

    There are various mentions in Vatican records dating from the mid 1500s of a casual part called 'Diaboli Advocatus'. In 1587, the administration of Pope Sixtus V (disappointingly, there hasn't yet been a Sixtus the Sixth) established the formal post of Promoter of the Confidence, referred to informally as the 'Advocatus Diaboli', which surely must have been the same part as 'Diaboli Advocatus'. The set of working responsibilities wasn't especially onerous, until the point when someone was assigned for either beatification and canonization, and soon thereafter the 'Devil's Advocate' was required to draw up a list of arguments against the chosen one getting to be plainly blessed or consecrated.

    The first occasion when that the present type of the expression was used in print appears to be in the 1760 humorous content Impostors Identified:

    By rising up and having the genuine impact of the Devil's advocate.