Had a Glass: 2010 Le Vieux Pin Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2010
Producer: Le Vieux Pin
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Designation: N/A
Region: Canada
Sub-region: British Columbia, Okanagan Valley
ABV: 13.9%
Price: $35 (winery)

He says: When we heard the news that Le Vieux Pin was rethinking their Pinot Noir program, and changing winemakers, we greeted it with open arms. Especially after the last bottle we reviewed. This bottle is a step in the right direction: varietally correct grassy notes hiding behind tons of fruit with a tropical bent. I found the alcohol a touch hot, both on the mouthfeel, and also on the exhale. Stylish, and would be wonderful with food. We’re actually looking forward to the rest of the new portfolio from this winery.

She says: The Okanagan Valley is far from my usual go to place for Sauvignon Blanc however this is a quality bottle of wine. Lovely, rich fruit and strong grassy notes, all rounded beautifully by a hint of oak. My only complaint is the alcohol level and the $35 price tag which is reaching into Sancerre territory… a bit rich if you ask me.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, pale lemon green
Smells like: Clean, med+ intensity, developing, pineapple, lemon rind, orange, grassy
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acidity, med+ body, med+ intensity, med tannin, pineapple, citrus, orange, lemon, apple, med+ alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Good, Ready to drink but can keep

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Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.