Osoyoos Larose was originally a joint venture of Vincor and Groupe Taillan from Bordeaux.
As of January 2013, Groupe Taillan has become the sole proprietor of this 30 hectare vineyard and winery in British Columbia`s Okanagan Valley.
Osyoos Larose is a Bordeaux-style red wine.
The winery produces two wines Osyoos Le Grand Vin nod Petales d`Osoyoos (the second label).
The inaugural wine released in 2001 exceeded all expectation, and elevated the reputation of South Okanagan to unprecedented heights.
The south-facing vineyard overlooks the spectacular Lake Osoyoos. The climate is dry, and controlled irrigation is necessary.
The soil is a natural mix of sand, clay, rock and gravel.
Grape varieties planed are typically Bordelaise (cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec, and petit verdot.
The blend of both changes according to the vintage, but generally is based on merlot.
Grand Vin and petals d`Osoyoos requires cellaring to reach their optimal bouquet and textural refinement.
I tasted the 2001 vintage when it was released and ever since, every vintage .
This time the winery offered 2008, 2009 Le Grand Vin and 2011 Petales dÒsoyoos for tasting.
Both wines are available in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.
The Grand Vin is available at Vintages Essentials for $ 45.00, and Petales dÒsoyoos $ 25.00
Petales d`Osoyoos 2010 is light, elegant, fruity, well blended (merlot 67 per cent), cabernet sauvignon (14), cabernet franc (13), malbec (2), and petit verdot (4), and harmonious. Appealing mouth feel with fine tannins. Drink now, or cellar for two to three years for more depth and refinement.
Petales d`Osoyoos, 2009
Aromas of ripe berries. Layered flavours. Smooth mouth feel, depth and long finish.
Grand Vin, 2008
A refined and elegant, full-bodied, fruity wine. Long finish
Grand Vin 2009
Deep intense ruby colour. Aromas of ripe raspberries; chocolate and vanilla notes. Fine palate, well rounded with a lingering finish. Cellar for two to four years for more depth and refinement.