2014 Painted Rock Syrah
Region: Okanagan Valley
Bottle size: 750 mL
Aged 18 months on 30% new oak of which 80% was French and 20% American. Cracked black pepper, bramble, and jammy cassis on the nose. Rounded and rich on the palate with ripe, silky tannins with flavours of juicy plums, cassis, vanilla and toasted coconut. Lingering pepper and baking spices on the finish.
93 POINTS - The 2014 edition of Painted Rock's Syrah presents stunning intensity on its ripe berry, pepper and floral scented nose and on its brooding, black cherry and endless-spice themed palate. Still quite youthful, with grippy, fine tannins and layered with hints of citrus fruit, Mojito mint, vanilla extract and savoury notes. Manages its 15.1% alcohol effortlessly and finishes long, oh so long, with lingering toasted oak and peppercorn flavours. Ready to go now, with 4+ hrs of decanting. Though, best results will come with patience and mid-term cellaring. Drink 2019-2024. Liam Carrier
92 POINTS - Again, you can’t help but notice the marked difference in mid-valley syrah, even in a particularly warm year, and maybe a shift to less is more at Painted Rock. The sweaty, peppery floral nose invites you into the glass with a hint of reduction (be sure to decant for 45 minutes). The palate is more of the same with floral, sagebrush, black pepper, curry and licorice supported by dense, finegrained tannins. More refinement again and we will take it. Cellar through 2020 or serve now with grilled rare beef. Anthony Gismondi
Our winemaking team is headed by proprietor John Skinner in close collaboration with Bordeaux-based consultant Alain Sutre, who defines winemaking protocol, advises on viticulture, integrates vineyard and winery, blends, and teaches. Our Assistant Winemaker Gabe Reis, is on site full-time to implement Alain's instructions and benefit from his tutelage. Teamwork and a shared passion for quality support Painted Rock in its vision to produce exceptional wines. Painted Rock encourages each member of our diverse and skilled team to contribute their expertise and broaden their own experience in striving towards our collective goals.