Alex, our normal guide at this fine establishment, was not available this trip, so he left us in the capable hands of...Alex. I guess that will make remembering names easier!
Le Vieux Pin 2016 Vaila ($23.99)
Aromas of pink grapefruit, orange rind, strawberry and rhubarb. Strawberry and pink grapefruit on the palate, which is very dry and finishes with a touch of spice. 89.
Le Vieux Pin 2016 Ava ($29.99)
Their traditional Viognier/Roussanne/Marsanne blend (50%/32%/18%) is delicious as always but this one is made to age. If you can't wait, decant it for an hour (decant a white?? Darn right!). White flowers, stone fruit and black tea on the nose. Flavors include stone fruit, red apple and a touch of honey. Rich, full mouthfeel. This is going to be a beauty. 90-92.
Le Vieux Pin 2015 Syrah Cuvée Violette ($28.99)
Beautiful feminine, perfumed nose of violets and red fruit. If you pay attention, there are some smoked meats lingering in the background. Red cherry, strawberry and slight spice on the palate. Already drinking beautifully but if you have the patience to wait 3-5 years, will really be a standout. 91.
Le Vieux Pin 2013 Equinoxe Syrah ($79.99)
Black cherry, blackberry, black pepper....everything BLACK....on the nose. Some herbaceous and floral notes come late to the party. Black fruit dominates the palate, but the black pepper is there too, as well as generous helpings of game and herbs. This is a beast that needs time to fully develop, but it is going to be something special. 92-94.
That was the new stuff that LVP had for us this trip. As always, nothing but terrific stuff. They also have a beautiful picnic area, like their sister La Stella, so next trip we might just bring our lunch and enjoy some wine outdoors.
Next up: Just one more entry in this wine trip before the main event, and it comes at a winery we've visited often, Church & State!