It’s been seven years since we’ve posted on the Nichol Syrah (!) which, seven years ago (2009 vintage), was something of a lovely treat. The Nichol old vines are now, I guess, really old. We were anticipating the current offering to have some wow, some heavy authenticity, but were quickly disabused of that notion. In 2012 we wrote “a most fine red” but for the current vintage on the shelves it’s an OK Syrah, a “most usual red” if you will, spicy, fruity, a tad too light without being lively, heavy on the cherry juice, and not overtly food friendly. The acid tends toward aggressive and not in a pleasant fashion, not even for those who gravitate (as is the trend) toward top heavy acidity. Still, not much more on the pocketbook than so many years back, so that’s a plus.
Price: $33 at private wine stores.
Market Liquidity: Hope springs eternal. Just not always in the Okanagan.