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Osoyoos Larose Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa Pétales d'Osoyoos 2004

External Review by Appellation America:

Just released, this is the so-called “second wine” from the Osoyoos Larose winery in the Okanagan. This is in the tradition of Bordeaux where many of the chateaux have both a first label and a second label. The latter labels, which always sell at a discount, are wines made from new plantings or from wine left over when the master blend for the first label is complete.Osoyoos Larose is a joint venture between Vincor and the big Bordeaux wine company, Groupe Taillan, whose major French property is Château Gruaud Larose. Hence, the French tradition – except that it was turned on its head in Canada. Osoyoos Larose debuted initially with its first label, Le Grand Vin, even though the grapes for the 2001 vintage came from three and four-year-old vines. Winemaker Pascal Madevon believed he had first label quality right from the starting gate.The volume in the 2004 vintage, however, drove a decision to launch what he calls a “sister” to Le Grand Vin. He released 110,000 bottles of Le Grand Vin last fall (at $40 a bottle). To find a home for what did not fit into the master blend, he made 21,000 bottles of Pétales d’Osoyoos.As is often the case with second label wines, this is by no means second rate. The aroma is rich and lively, showing black currants, plum, vanilla, chocolate and spice, all of which are echoed in the flavours. The wine is medium-bodied. Ready to drink now (the point of second label wines), it will also cellar nicely for a few years at least. 88 points.

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External Reviews for Osoyoos Larose Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa Pétales d'Osoyoos

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Just released, this is the so-called “second wine” from the Osoyoos Larose winery in the Okanagan. This is in the tradition of Bordeaux where many of the chateaux have both a first label and a second label. The latter labels, which always sell at a discount, are wines made from new plantings or from wine left over when the master blend for the first label is complete.Osoyoos Larose is a joint venture between Vincor and the big Bordeaux wine company, Groupe Taillan, whose major French property is Château Gruaud Larose. Hence, the French tradition – except that it was turned on its head in Canada. Osoyoos Larose debuted initially with its first label, Le Grand Vin, even though the grapes for the 2001 vintage came from three and four-year-old vines. Winemaker Pascal Madevon believed he had first label quality right from the starting gate.The volume in the 2004 vintage, however, drove a decision to launch what he calls a “sister” to Le Grand Vin. He released 110,000 bottles of Le Grand Vin last fall (at $40 a bottle). To find a home for what did not fit into the master blend, he made 21,000 bottles of Pétales d’Osoyoos.As is often the case with second label wines, this is by no means second rate. The aroma is rich and lively, showing black currants, plum, vanilla, chocolate and spice, all of which are echoed in the flavours. The wine is medium-bodied. Ready to drink now (the point of second label wines), it will also cellar nicely for a few years at least. 88 points.



Tasting Notes:

In the Classic Bordeaux tradition, Osoyoos Larose is pleased to introduce “Pétales d’Osoyoos”, the second wine of Osoyoos Larose. This wine is a deep-coloured, full-bodied blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine displays aromas and flavours of vanilla, raspberry, chocolate and spice. Velvety smooth tannins and a long lingering finish. Best served with duck breast, grilled lamb and filet mignon.

Aged 16 months in French Oak.

Notes: 60% 1 year old and 40% 2 year old barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.9% pH: 3.92
Sugar: 2.7 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter

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