2010 Le Vieux Pin Syrah

2010 Le Vieux Pin Syrah

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VARIETAL: Syrah

ALCOHOL: 13.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

David Lawrason, 91 points 

John Szabo MS, 92 points

Reviews:

This is an excellent, firm yet well-appointed syrah that nicely balances fresh, lively currant fruit, great pepper, nutmeg and Okanagan sage. It has fine tension, energy and structure if not the greatest length. This is a very honest, authentic and focused syrah. No over-extraction, no over-oaking, no attempt to seduce through artifice. Some sourness and tannic grit suggest you age it for awhile. Best 2015 to 2020. David Lawrason, 91 points

Le Vieux Pin's syrah 2010 is a wine of remarkable freshness for the Okanagan, with a lovely lifted, white pepper, sagebush, cranberry-red currant, vibrant raspberry flavour. The palate is mid-weight, balanced, with nicely integrated wood and moderate alcohol (13.5%); tannins are firm but sufficiently enveloped in fruit extract to compensate, and ensure future development. Here's a wine of refinement and class to be sure, better in 2-3 years. Tasted December 2012. John Szabo, 92 points

Why We're Drinking It:

The 2010 growing season was challenging with cool weather and record rainfall during spring and late summer. Fortunately, warm fall weather arrived in mid-September and continued throughout October. This warm fall allowed harvest to take place under excellent conditions. Low yield in the vineyards, starting from the time of bud break, were essential to achieving good physiological ripeness in 2010. Ongoing vineyard management and rigorous sorting were the key words in the vineyard and winery. When executed correctly the result was vibrant and elegant wines. Whites and rosés are particularly aromatic with focused, pure flavours. Red wines are lower in alcohol with higher acidity level and have firm structured tannins. 2010 is a vin de garde vintage.

The 2010 Syrah is comprised of fruit grown in two different sub appellations in the South Okanagan Valley. As in previous vintages it was fermented with a couple percent Viognier; the resulting effort is a very complex wine with deep colour, great acidity and cool climate fruit profile.

While it combines elements of both the old and new world, our Syrah leans more toward what you would expect from France. The wine is nuanced, elegant and refined. Black peppercorn, grilled herb crusted game meat dominate the nose.

Tasting Notes:

While it combines elements of both the old and new world, our Syrah leans more toward what you would expect from France. The wine is nuanced, elegant and refined. Black peppercorn, grilled herb crusted game meat dominate the nose.

The Story to Know:

AWhen we first journeyed to the South Okanagan we were blown away by its unique geology and climate; our minds filled instantly with thoughts of making world-class wines. We were convinced that with enough time, care and attention, trial and error, dedication and sweat we would find the unique story the land has to tell.

In 2006, only our second vintage, we had our “eureka” moment – beginner’s luck perhaps.

Overall we believe that each and every Equinoxe wine we’ve crafted captures the true essence of the South Okanagan valley and is something everyone at the winery is extremely proud of.

Perfect Pairings:

Centuries ago the black pepper spice trade launched voyages, wars and epic tales; today we suggest trying a black pepper crusted New York Steak paired with the 2010 Syrah to fill the air with peppery aromas.

The 2010 growing season was challenging with cool weather and record rainfall during spring and late summer. Fortunately, warm fall weather arrived in mid-September and continued throughout October. This warm fall allowed harvest to take place under excellent conditions. Low yield in the vineyards, starting from the time of bud break, were essential to achieving good physiological ripeness in 2010. Ongoing vineyard management and rigorous sorting were the key words in the vineyard and winery. When executed correctly the result was vibrant and elegant wines. Whites and rosés are particularly aromatic with focused, pure flavours. Red wines are lower in alcohol with higher acidity level and have firm structured tannins. 2010 is a vin de garde vintage.

The 2010 Syrah is comprised of fruit grown in two different sub appellations in the South Okanagan Valley. As in previous vintages it was fermented with a couple percent Viognier; the resulting effort is a very complex wine with deep colour, great acidity and cool climate fruit profile.

While it combines elements of both the old and new world, our Syrah leans more toward what you would expect from France. The wine is nuanced, elegant and refined. Black peppercorn, grilled herb crusted game meat dominate the nose.

This is an excellent, firm yet well-appointed syrah that nicely balances fresh, lively currant fruit, great pepper, nutmeg and Okanagan sage. It has fine tension, energy and structure if not the greatest length. This is a very honest, authentic and focused syrah. No over-extraction, no over-oaking, no attempt to seduce through artifice. Some sourness and tannic grit suggest you age it for awhile. Best 2015 to 2020. David Lawrason, 91 points

Le Vieux Pin's syrah 2010 is a wine of remarkable freshness for the Okanagan, with a lovely lifted, white pepper, sagebush, cranberry-red currant, vibrant raspberry flavour. The palate is mid-weight, balanced, with nicely integrated wood and moderate alcohol (13.5%); tannins are firm but sufficiently enveloped in fruit extract to compensate, and ensure future development. Here's a wine of refinement and class to be sure, better in 2-3 years. Tasted December 2012. John Szabo, 92 points

David Lawrason, 91 points 

John Szabo MS, 92 points

While it combines elements of both the old and new world, our Syrah leans more toward what you would expect from France. The wine is nuanced, elegant and refined. Black peppercorn, grilled herb crusted game meat dominate the nose.

AWhen we first journeyed to the South Okanagan we were blown away by its unique geology and climate; our minds filled instantly with thoughts of making world-class wines. We were convinced that with enough time, care and attention, trial and error, dedication and sweat we would find the unique story the land has to tell.

In 2006, only our second vintage, we had our “eureka” moment – beginner’s luck perhaps.

Overall we believe that each and every Equinoxe wine we’ve crafted captures the true essence of the South Okanagan valley and is something everyone at the winery is extremely proud of.

Centuries ago the black pepper spice trade launched voyages, wars and epic tales; today we suggest trying a black pepper crusted New York Steak paired with the 2010 Syrah to fill the air with peppery aromas.