Blind tasting reviews are a fun game to play with restaurant sommeliers and wine nerds across town. I pour a glass from a mystery bottle and ask them to review it blind. By not knowing what the wine is or who represents it, hopefully, an honest-no-bs-review is achieved.
Come inside and read the review of our next contestant…
Owen Knowlton is the restaurant director and wine director at West. His path to this position took him from Banff to Australia back to Vancouver’s Le Crocodile, then to West where he was recognized for his 500-label list with the 2011 Sommelier of the Year award from the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.
Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Syrah
Country/Region: Canada, BC, Okanagan
Winemaker: Laughing Stock Vineyards
Appearance: Bright, ruby rim with a deep, dark core.
Nose: Clean, delicate nose with a hint of blueberry tea. Nice note of cocoa and cedar, but not over-oaked.
Palate: Refreshing with bright acidity. Dry but rich with ripe fruit. Black cherry note with lovely savoury note like tea. Full bodied but not weighty or cloying. Medium soft, silky tannins gives it beautiful structure. Medium to long length.
Assessment of quality: Very nicely balanced food wine. Fresh and lively with a nice mix of fruit and earth. Not overly tannic, making it ready to drink today.
Further comments upon reveal: Great value — clean, vibrant syrah with fresh lift from the viognier. Balanced, true to the varietals, and perfect for lamb and ribeyes.
Availability: Available in restaurants and private liquor stores.
Pricing: $34 from winery. $37-42 in private liquor stores.
Awards: This wine recently won a 2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wines.