Producer Profile: Bergevin Lane Vineyards
Next up was the 2006 Oui Deux Syrah Wahluke Slope, introduced by Amber as being a fabulous year with consistent heat and sun combined with persistent winds that cooled the vineyards during the day. These optimum ripening factors resulted in grapes with great, concentrated flavors and very fine-grained tannins. The wine is an interesting blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier (a surprising touch) and was aged 14 months in 33% new, 75% French, and 25% Eastern European oak, with only 218 cases produced. In the glass, deep dark purple colors show through with a medium body. On the nose, red and white floral notes flow into surprising citrus aromas followed by dark fruit. On the palate, classic spice flavors of white pepper, blackberries, cocoa, and tobacco slow give way for a long, elegant finish.
Over all, the Bergevin Lane wines we sampled were solid and represented the AVAs well. While the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was the standout, the 2006 Syrah a nice, more feminine touch from the inclusion of Viognier — if you prefer a lighter Syrah, this one is for you.
As is most often the case with small boutique producers, the passion and work that went into these wines can be tasted in every sip.