Le Vieux Pin Pinot Noir 2007

Le Vieux Pin Pinot Noir 2007
Okanagan, $45.00

Last night, a friend came over for a casual barbecue and significantly lifted the sophistication of dinner by bringing a bottle of Le Vieux Pin’s 2007 Pinot Noir. We cooled it just slightly, then sat outside enjoying its muscular dark fruit and cola flavours that had no problem standing up to a slow-roasted pork shoulder. But it was a bittersweet moment as the winery has decided the 2008 vintage will be their last. They’ve indicated that they believe Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet franc are the future of their corner of the Okanagan (the cynic in me notes that the pinot had such low yields—1.4 tonnes/acre compared to 2.75 for their current merlot—that they couldn’t make economic sense continuing with the heartbreak grape). There’s still some 2007 available from the winery, and as for the swan song 2008 vintage (which I haven’t tasted)—I’d consider snagging it if only because soon it won’t be an option.

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