Appellation America(2005 Vintage) Le Vieux Pin is a new Okanagan producer, opening its tasting room in the spring in a winery on Black Sage Road, just south of Oliver. It has just begun releasing its wines, although this rosé was presold last summer and now can be found only on top restaurant wine lists (such as Rob Feeney’s Lumiére in Vancouver). This wine, named after the vineyard manager’s daughter who was born in 2005, came about almost by chance. LVP’s objective is to make big, concentrated red wines. Consequently, winemaker Daniel Bontorin bled about 15% of the free-run juice from freshly crushed Pinot Noir, fermenting it with a special Italian rosé yeast. Tastings of the barrel sample of the Pinot Noir - called Belle and not yet released - show the outcome was, as desired, a muscular Pinot Noir. But a very attractive rosé also resulted. The wine has a deep, vibrant pink hue, with rich floral and strawberry aromas. In the mouth, the wine delivers an explosion of sweet strawberries and then proceeds to notes of minerality that give the wine structure and depth. The finish is dry. This is a serious rosé, a food friendly competitor to any good Tavel rosé. 88 points.