February 2013 Tasting Notes

by Richard Roskell March 01, 2013

February 2013 Tasting Notes

How They're Drinking Now

Marichel Vineyard 2005 Syrah – tasted 1/2/2013
This was our first Syrah release. A good vintage year, the 2005 Syrah is holding up very well- so much so that it seems like the same wine as when it was bottled.  A little to the leaner-than-lush side compared to later releases, there is abundant flavor, structure and tannin, all in good measure and pleasing balance. Drink now or hold for another 5-10 years. Decant this wine well before drinking- two hours of aeration would not be excessive. Serve at or slightly above room temperature.

Marichel Vineyard 2006 Syrah – tasted 3/2/2013
2006 was an excellent vintage, and our Syrah of that year exemplifies this. This wine opened a lot of people’s eyes to the potential in British Columbia of big reds in general and of Syrah in particular. Depth, lushness, intensity, varietal character and structure- the 2006 has them all in abundance. Slightly diminished from the behemoth it was in youth, this wine is now showing wonderful balance along with all its other fine qualities. Drink now or hold for 5-10 years. A ‘reduced’ nose is evident on opening the bottle, but disappears quickly. Serve at room temperature.

Marichel Vineyard 2007 Syrah - tasted 4/2/2013
From the weather perspective, 2006 and 2007 were the last great vintages in BC. (While still fine, somewhat cooler and wetter growing seasons have prevailed since.) The 2007 Syrah matches the previous vintage in many ways, yet is unmistakably a wine all its own. Showing exceptional balance with flavours, intensity, tannins, acids and alcohol creating a harmonious whole. Soft and silky on the palate without a hint of flabbiness, this wine will satisfy the most discriminating palate. Drink now or hold 5-10 years. Like the 2006, a slightly ‘reduced’ nose is evident on opening the bottle but disappears quickly. Serve at room temperature, or perhaps a degree cooler depending on the paired food.

Marichel Vineyard 2008 Syrah - tasted 8/2/2013
Smooth with a fruity tang, even at an early age the 2008 was always one of our most approachable Syrahs. It begged to be drunk from the moment it went into bottle, as opposed to say the 2007 vintage that benefited from a little time in bottle before drinking. Time hasn’t changed the early appeal of the 2008, and yet years later it’s holding up perfectly in every way. Slightly lower tannin content suggests that this wine’s longevity may be a little shorter than some of our vintages, but at the moment it looks good for another 4-8 years. Drink now or hold. Serve at room temperature.

Marichel Vineyard 2009 Syrah - tasted 10/2/2013
2009 was an unusual vintage, in that it began as the warmest on record and ended abruptly with a hard frost in early October. Fortunately our Syrah was already very ripe, and we let it hang for ten days after the frost to desiccate and concentrate flavours. The result is potent and bold, solidly in the Marichel legacy. We including some American oak barrels in this vintage, which lends a hint of Aussie Shiraz character to it. But it’s still distinctively Marichel, and can be drunk with pleasure now or aged for 6-12 years. Serve at room temperature, or slightly warmer.

Marichel Vineyard 2010 Syrah - tasted 15/2/2013 (tank sample)
An extended 2-year barrel maturation enhanced the character imparted by the custom-made French oak barrels used for this vintage. Each barrel was unique: hand-made by a master cooper from wood harvested in different French forests, then aged and toasted to separate specifications. (In the world of barrel-aged reds, it doesn’t get any better than that.)  The aromas coming from this wine are stunning- a potpourri of spices and floral notes. The barrel toast was moderated to respect fruit flavours, which come through accurately and in abundance. The tannins are silky. Currently available to Marichel email recipients only.




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