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2010 Équinoxe Syrah

Winemaker's Notes

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.




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

richard Hemming (MW)  |  jancis robinson  |  Tasted: 2017


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

Jancis Robinson & Richard Hemming  |  Purple Pages

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