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 Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.