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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Painted Rock Syrah
90POINTS
16½/20

Painted Rock Syrah 2011

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPainted Rock has excited us with its Skaha bench syrah that reflects more of the meaty, peppery cooler aspects of the northern Rhone with the understanding it comes from the Okanagan Valley. Smoky meaty leather black cherry aromas mark the nose along with a dollop of wilderness. On the palate, it begins with a juicy note inviting you into the glass to discover its complex core of black and blueberry fruits, liquorice and tea, underscored by sage, vanilla and more smoky, meaty notes. Just a baby this will need five years in bottle to express its full spectrum of flavours and length. The oak is better managed and its makes a difference in what is an average vintage at best. Impressive but give it time.Tasted: 25 January 2014Tasted by: Anthony Gismondi and Stuart TobePrices: BC 40.00 winery direct Producer: Painted Rock Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 130989 UPC: 00626990105855