2010 Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Syrah

2010 Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Syrah

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VARIETAL: Syrah

ALCOHOL: 14.20%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

David Lawrason, 93 points

John Szabo, MS 94 points

Reviews:

This has a great nose of wood smoke, licorice, kalamata olive, nutmeg/clove spice, with dark cherry and currant fruit. There is a lot going on here. It is medium-full bodied, fairly dense yet vibrant, with all kinds of edge, yet some elegance and richness. The tension, length and focus are excellent. The alcohol is noticeable, but the fruit density matches up. Best 2014 to 2020+. Tasted December 2012. David Lawrason, 93 points

Another terrific vintage for Le Vieux Pin's Équinoxe syrah here. It's a little more disjointed at this stage then the 2009 was at the same time, dealing as it is with more acid, fresher, more vibrant fruit, and firmer tannins it seems, but should ultimately come together. Oak is likewise less well integrated for the time being, but all in all, this has the stuffing and structure to improve over the next 2-4 years. Terrific length. A nice model for the Okanagan to follow. Tasted December 2012. John Szabo, 94 points

Why We're Drinking It:

Équinoxe: equal day, equal night. Equal heat of the day, equal cold of the night. Equal new world, equal old world.

The 2010 Equinoxe Syrah is a cuvee comprised mostly of fruit grown from a single vineyard in North Oliver on an extension of the Black Sage Bench.  The 2010 Equinoxe Syrah perfectly and effortlessly combines elements of both old world and new world styles. The heat of the desert days gives us lushness, exuberance and comfort; the cool desert nights give us balanced natural acidity and elegance. The combination lays the groundwork for a balanced, perfumed and aromatic wine. The wine's hallmark explosive aromatics present a mélange of white, pink and black peppercorn aromas and unmistakable floral notes of roses and violets.

Tasting Notes:

The wine's hallmark explosive aromatics present a mélange of white, pink and black peppercorn aromas and unmistakable floral notes of roses and violets.

The Story to Know:

When 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. A white and black pepper lamb or veal stew will find and accentuate the peppery notes in the wine to create a dramatic celebration of pepper. Cassoulet is another classic and seamless pairing.this wine to show you everything it has to offer.

Équinoxe: equal day, equal night. Equal heat of the day, equal cold of the night. Equal new world, equal old world.

The 2010 Equinoxe Syrah is a cuvee comprised mostly of fruit grown from a single vineyard in North Oliver on an extension of the Black Sage Bench.  The 2010 Equinoxe Syrah perfectly and effortlessly combines elements of both old world and new world styles. The heat of the desert days gives us lushness, exuberance and comfort; the cool desert nights give us balanced natural acidity and elegance. The combination lays the groundwork for a balanced, perfumed and aromatic wine. The wine's hallmark explosive aromatics present a mélange of white, pink and black peppercorn aromas and unmistakable floral notes of roses and violets.

This has a great nose of wood smoke, licorice, kalamata olive, nutmeg/clove spice, with dark cherry and currant fruit. There is a lot going on here. It is medium-full bodied, fairly dense yet vibrant, with all kinds of edge, yet some elegance and richness. The tension, length and focus are excellent. The alcohol is noticeable, but the fruit density matches up. Best 2014 to 2020+. Tasted December 2012. David Lawrason, 93 points

Another terrific vintage for Le Vieux Pin's Équinoxe syrah here. It's a little more disjointed at this stage then the 2009 was at the same time, dealing as it is with more acid, fresher, more vibrant fruit, and firmer tannins it seems, but should ultimately come together. Oak is likewise less well integrated for the time being, but all in all, this has the stuffing and structure to improve over the next 2-4 years. Terrific length. A nice model for the Okanagan to follow. Tasted December 2012. John Szabo, 94 points

David Lawrason, 93 points

John Szabo, MS 94 points

The wine's hallmark explosive aromatics present a mélange of white, pink and black peppercorn aromas and unmistakable floral notes of roses and violets.

When 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. A white and black pepper lamb or veal stew will find and accentuate the peppery notes in the wine to create a dramatic celebration of pepper. Cassoulet is another classic and seamless pairing.this wine to show you everything it has to offer.