Date night dinners. Watching the leaves turn red in fall. Washing away the workweek. Blind tastings.
Deep and dark, but never brooding. Like a big brawny weightlifter with a PhD in Art History, don’t judge this book by its cover. Mysterious yet welcoming, with flashes of toasted oak, graphite, and spicy white pepper shining through untouched forest floor. Blackberries plums, and dates dance on the palate but this is less about fruit and more a study in finesse and feel.
• Vintage: 2016
• Grapes: Syrah from Aasha Wines Estate Vineyard
• Appellation: Okanagan Valley Region, Naramata Bench
• ABV: 14.9%
• Acidity: 5.50 g/l tartaric acid
• pH: 3.64
• Vinification: Produced at Okanagan Crush Pad. Extended maceration. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels. 40 % new oak.
• Recommended Drinking: Now through 2030.
Open the bottle, and throw it in the fridge for 15 minutes. Pour a glass and enjoy. If you want to get fancy, you can decant this one for 20-30 minutes as well.
THE STORY BEHIND THE WINE
Back and forth seemed exciting at first. Sparkling drinks in the sky, drivers and fancy meals in London of all places. You’re not supposed to say no, regardless of what you have to give up. Never be weak, always make it look easy even if it hurts. This is what he learned, but no one ever told him.
Weeks turned to months, and a year later he could barely grasp the pieces as they fell around him. He lost more than he gained, like a gambler stuck in a spiral. Emptiness.
What he remembers was a blur, chapters with names and numbers, but blank pages in between. It was hard to close, they called him back. He had to find another way. The last chapter was blank and this time he’d take his chips and walk.