Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Oct 26, 2010 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Athene 2008 VQA SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestOliver, Okanagan Valley, BC $33-38 +148486 available at winery and select private wine storeswww.bovwine.caAthene (a-THEE-nee) is the first new label to be added to the Burrowing Owl family in 8 years – that’s older than dozens of wineries in this province. Burrowing Owl has developed a cult following for their big, expressive wines – and baby Athene is shadowing the siblings stunningly. The name of the wine is from the biological genus of the Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia, and the fruit is from one of the best vineyard sites in Oliver. Big and bold, this experimental blend of Syrah (53%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (47%) was co-fermented for three weeks prior to resting for 14 months in oak. Deep, dark berry, spice and cocoa scents carry through to the full bodied palate – with rich red and black currants, pepper, tobacco, dark chocolate and a lick of cool mint-vanilla. Smooth tannins and an easy, silky balance – impressive considering this bird clocks in at 14.5% alcohol.One of BC’s first premium/collectible wineries, BOW is owned by the Wyse family, and has been popular since their first vintage in 1997. In addition to the modernity minded gravity flow winery, the property has a well-regarded restaurant (The Sonora Room) and luxuriously appointed guesthouses. They have also been leaders in environmental stewardship. When the Wyse’s purchased the vineyard when it back in 1993, they named it Burrowing Owl Vineyard, after learning that the little owl may have lived in the area at one time, but has since become an endangered species. Winery patrons are asked to donate $2 for each wine tasting and all proceeds are given to the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC for their captive release program for burrowing owls and to SORCO (South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls).Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsBurrowing Owl Estate Winery Athene 2008Big and bold, this experimental blend of Syrah (53%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (47%) has aromas of deep, dark berry, spice and cocoa that carry through to the full bodied palate – accompanied by rich red and black currants, pepper, tobacco, dark chocolate and a lick of cool mint-vanilla. Smooth tannins and an easy, silky balance – impressive considering this bird clocks in at 14.5% alcohol. Red WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.