2010 Équinoxe Syrah
Équinoxe: equal day, equal night. Equal heat of the day, equal cold of the night. Equal new world, equal old world.
The 2010 Équinoxe 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 Équinoxe 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.
Centuries ago, the black pepper spice trade launched voyages, wars and epic tales.
With this wine we suggest a seared New York steak paired with peppercorn sauce to fill the air with peppery goodness to celebrate the world’s single greatest spice.
Portobello mushroom burger with pepper-garlic aioli or marinated tempeh steak with mushroom and peppercorn gravy are incredible too.
2010 Équinoxe Syrah Spec Sheet (PDF)
Spec sheets for other vintages
basil and bay note and a sour, taut black fruit on the finish. It’s a formidable, powerful style but it really works, and still has loads of compact fruit – this is a wine to age for decades. (RH)Drink 2020-2040
Dense, concentrated, vivid. Robust structure with loads of fragrant, peppery spice. Clearly a premium wine, though it is not objectively better than their Violette. (RH)13.5% Drink 2016-2026