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2005 Osoyoos Larose Pétales d’Osoyoos

12222008One thing I may be guilty of is not drinking enough of British Columbia’s red wines. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with them, but here in my home province, we’ve got a bunch of newer wineries charging very established prices for some unproven wines. I really have liked a few of them over the years. Recent ones that stand out in my memory are Township 7’s Syrah, Inniskillin’s Zinfandel and even the verging-on-ridiculously-priced Black Hills Note Bené (one of the only wineries to charge me for a tasting in the last bunch of years) was tasty.

One wine that I’ve seen around, but had stayed away from because of its higher price has been the Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin. So, when I came upon its little brother, I thought I’d give it a go. I have had this wine once before, but it was one of those nights that involve multiple bottles and I didn’t take notes. I thought I’d change that.

Osoyoos Larose is a joint venture between Vincor and a big Bordeaux wine company, Groupe Taillan, whose major French property is Château Gruaud Larose.

The wine is offered up at the very reasonable price of $25 here in BC… and after tasting it, I have to say that it’s one of the better buys in an under-$30 Bordeaux-varietal red wine. The nose is a crush of red currant, vanilla and bell pepper. The flavours show dark cherry, currants, vanilla and a bit of dark chocolate on the medium-long finish. Not bad for the moolah, folks.

The true test is whether I’d buy it again. Would I? Yes, I would… and you should too. It’s tasty and well-priced.

$25 here in BC at LDB stores.

3 1/2 stars
(verging on 4)

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2006 Orin Swift Cellars “The Prisoner”

As Sean had written, the visit to the Orin Swift office in St. Helena was a bit of a challenge to finally make it to, however this wine made the journey worthwhile.

The 2006 Prisoner has added 2% Grenache to the blend of Zinfandel(51%), Cabernet Sauvignon (23%), Syrah (12%), Petit Sirah (6%) and Charbono (6%). While that’s interesting, it’s the end product that shines through.

Like many of the great 2006 Zins/Zin blends we had during our journey, the Prisoner has a vibrant blackberry and ripe plum on the bouquet, which opens into briar and with some dark chocolate in the mix. There is loads going on here.

Besides the bliss of finally being in wine country, a few tasty sips showed big rich plum and briar again with gorgeous coffee and cracked black pepper. The finish went on and on with earthy cassis, more dark chocolate and a hint of mint later on. We agreed, – gorgeous stuff.

Back home in Vancouver, this wine retails for $49.99. This is a kick in the pants considering it goes for $28-32 in California, however I can’t deny that even at this price point it is full value for the money.

The Prisoner is a fantastic bottle of wine – give yourself a present!

4 1/2 stars
(along with some happily stained teeth).

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