Late-ripening Viognier, Rousanne, and Marsanne grapes aren’t the easiest in BC’s short growing season, but the sun-soaked South Okanagan is doing them justice – at least at Le Vieux Pin. The winemaking team truly allows the wine to express the vintage, adjusting the percentages of grapes and oak treatment in accordance with what Mother Nature gives them. Always curvaceous and floral, some years Ava is slightly more corseted and modest while other years she’s a voluptuous blonde bombshell. 2012 is definitely the latter with rich peach, apricot, and honeysuckle notes. Drink with pork roast.
Michaela Morris, Westender
Good spicy nose, also apricot, rich flavors and nerve, muscle tone, freshness. Well done!
Marc Chapleau, Rédacteur en chef du magazine Cellier (SAQ), 90 points
The 2012 vintage is a graceful wine that is still on the younger side and benefits from decanting and the right temperature to really enjoy the perfume-like aromas and richness on the palate. On the nose, there is honeysuckle, which is becoming the trademark of Ava even from cooler vintages, white pepper, beeswax, and a perfume of white flowers. The mouthfeel is rich and elegant, and the fruit and acids find a balance. On the palate, crisp and vibrant lemon and Golden Delicious apples lead, with a tremendously long finish with softer notes of apricots, apple and spice. With a delightfully old-world touch, Le Vieux Pin’s French vigneron Severine Pinte has shepherded from vine to bottle what is most certainly a food lover’s wine. We paired Ava with a tuna tataki and avocado salad that worked really well. Plays very well with roast fowl as well. Ready to drink now (best decanted) but also a welcome addition to your cellar.
The enchanting, Rhone-inspired "Ava" combines 61% Viognier, 21% Roussanne and 18% Marsanne into a deliciously rich and creamy textured wine that blends tropical and melon fruit with mineral and exotic nut aromas and flavours to create a layered, sensual wine that will stand on its own or pair with Poulet de Bresse-esque dishes. Ripe citrus fruit keeps the full-bodied palate tasting fresh and balanced through to the long, long finish where hints vanilla bean and cardamom spice linger. Drink 2012-2015.
Liam Carrier, iconwines.ca, 91 points
Pale-light lime in colour with a touch of straw, the 2012 Ava offers delightful scents of honeyed apricots, lemon, marzipan, melon, and a hint of wet stones and vanillin. Complex, with impressive fruit orientation, balanced acidity, and a lovely hint of honeyed apricots and nuts on the finish. Delicious personality, balance, and overall freshness. Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. Now-2015+.
Julian Hitner, hitnerwine.com
The blend is 61% Viognier, 21% Roussanne and 18% Marsanne. This wine, which will be released in the spring of 2014, is barrel-aged and closed with cork. It is already an elegantly polished wine with an intriguing hint of white pepper in the aroma and on the finish. In between, there are flavours of citrus, melon and apple. The generous texture gives the wine good weight on the palate.
John Schreiner, 92 points