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2019 Syrah Cuvée Violette

92

Cuvée Violette, as the name suggests, displays the perfumed and floral side of this noble grape variety. The palate is silky smooth thanks to a gentle co-ferment with under 1% Viognier. The focus is on the feminine and graceful qualities of Syrah coming to the foreground. In the cellar we kid around and call this wine a Syrah for Pinot Noir lovers. Crunchy bramble fruit and purple flowers mingle with pepper and spice. Red bramble fruits burst on the nose and on the palate.

This cuvée is ready to be enjoyed and savoured upon release. It can be aged for the mid-term (5-7 years). It will most likely continue to improve past that age too.

Michelle Bouffard Michelle Bouffard  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Oct 2021

2020 ‘Ava’

91 points

2020 Ava is fuller and more immediately impactful than the last couple of vintages. It is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with round and full structure, but with poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and in the long term (especially after 5-8 years of bottle age). Today, Ava 2020 is at its best with a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar. There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Canned peaches and nectarines are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. The fruit was full and ripe and could handle (in fact was begging for) a modest amount of new oak at 15%. on day two, slight acacia honey drizzled notes on toasted brioche bun come to the foreground. Anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post vintage.

John Szabo (MS) John Szabo (MS)  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: October 2021

2019 Syrah Cuvée Violette

91

Cuvée Violette, as the name suggests, displays the perfumed and floral side of this noble grape variety. The palate is silky smooth thanks to a gentle co-ferment with under 1% Viognier. The focus is on the feminine and graceful qualities of Syrah coming to the foreground. In the cellar we kid around and call this wine a Syrah for Pinot Noir lovers. Crunchy bramble fruit and purple flowers mingle with pepper and spice. Red bramble fruits burst on the nose and on the palate.

This cuvée is ready to be enjoyed and savoured upon release. It can be aged for the mid-term (5-7 years). It will most likely continue to improve past that age too.

Michael Godel Michael Godel  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: October 2021

2019 ‘Ava’

2019 Ava is fuller and more immediately impactful than the last couple of vintages. It is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with round and full structure, but with poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and in the long term (specially after 5-8 years of bottle age). Today, Ava 2019 is at its best with a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar. There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Canned peaches and nectarines are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. The fruit was full and ripe and could handle (in fact was begging for) a bit more than usual level of new oak at 35%. on day two, slight acacia honey drizzled notes on toasted brioche bun come to the foreground. Anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post vintage.

Michaela Morris Michaela Morris  |  Quench Magazine

2017 Equinoxe Syrah

92

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

The 2017 Équinoxe Syrah is comprised of fruit grown in various sub-appellations in the South Okanagan Valley. A traditionally made Syrah in the sense that the sum is considered greater than the parts (lieu-dit trumping single cru à la Chez Jamet, JL Chave, Clape). The resulting effort is a very complex wine with a medium+ garnet colour that perfectly and effortlessly combines elements of both old world and new world styles. This monumental wine is at the same time feminine and masculine – it has grace and power, spice and florals, game and savoury notes. Yin and yang come together to showcase a perfectly balanced Syrah.

2017 is a structured year. Harsh winter, late spring and less than ideal weather initially all played their part to lower the yields and make for an impressive, vin de garde kind of vintage, esp for Syrah. The fruit profile is at the same time black and dark red bramble fruit scented, albeit fuller, deeper and a tad darker. The floral notes are distinctly that of Violets, but more savoury notes are layered on top. Ample black pepper with some white pepper and a sprinkling of baking spices are coaxed out of the glass. With age, as it tends to do, we expect those beguiling black olive notes and that pleasant subtly animalic note to come to the foreground. one for wine lovers who are more inclined toward the new world style and those who love the exuberance and fruit-forward quality of big wines. Personally, we like to leave this wine in the cellar and forget about it for a few year, that is after opening and enjoying a few bottles in its youth.

David Lawrason David Lawrason  |  https://www.winealign.com  |  Tasted: February 2021

2019 ‘Ava’

92

2019 Ava is fuller and more immediately impactful than the last couple of vintages. It is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with round and full structure, but with poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and in the long term (specially after 5-8 years of bottle age). Today, Ava 2019 is at its best with a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar. There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Canned peaches and nectarines are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. The fruit was full and ripe and could handle (in fact was begging for) a bit more than usual level of new oak at 35%. on day two, slight acacia honey drizzled notes on toasted brioche bun come to the foreground. Anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post vintage.

David Lawrason David Lawrason  |  https://www.winealign.com  |  Tasted: February 2021

2019 ‘Ava’

93

2019 Ava is fuller and more immediately impactful than the last couple of vintages. It is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with round and full structure, but with poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and in the long term (specially after 5-8 years of bottle age). Today, Ava 2019 is at its best with a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar. There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Canned peaches and nectarines are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. The fruit was full and ripe and could handle (in fact was begging for) a bit more than usual level of new oak at 35%. on day two, slight acacia honey drizzled notes on toasted brioche bun come to the foreground. Anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post vintage.

Michael Godel Michael Godel  |  https://www.winealign.com  |  Tasted: January 2021

2019 ‘Ava’

93/100

2019 Ava is fuller and more immediately impactful than the last couple of vintages. It is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with round and full structure, but with poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and in the long term (specially after 5-8 years of bottle age). Today, Ava 2019 is at its best with a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar. There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Canned peaches and nectarines are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. The fruit was full and ripe and could handle (in fact was begging for) a bit more than usual level of new oak at 35%. on day two, slight acacia honey drizzled notes on toasted brioche bun come to the foreground. Anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post vintage.

Deborah Podugriel Deborah Podugriel  |  www.nataliemaclean.com  |  Tasted: February 2021

2017 Equinoxe Syrah

92 points- 4/5 value

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

The 2017 Équinoxe Syrah is comprised of fruit grown in various sub-appellations in the South Okanagan Valley. A traditionally made Syrah in the sense that the sum is considered greater than the parts (lieu-dit trumping single cru à la Chez Jamet, JL Chave, Clape). The resulting effort is a very complex wine with a medium+ garnet colour that perfectly and effortlessly combines elements of both old world and new world styles. This monumental wine is at the same time feminine and masculine – it has grace and power, spice and florals, game and savoury notes. Yin and yang come together to showcase a perfectly balanced Syrah.

2017 is a structured year. Harsh winter, late spring and less than ideal weather initially all played their part to lower the yields and make for an impressive, vin de garde kind of vintage, esp for Syrah. The fruit profile is at the same time black and dark red bramble fruit scented, albeit fuller, deeper and a tad darker. The floral notes are distinctly that of Violets, but more savoury notes are layered on top. Ample black pepper with some white pepper and a sprinkling of baking spices are coaxed out of the glass. With age, as it tends to do, we expect those beguiling black olive notes and that pleasant subtly animalic note to come to the foreground. one for wine lovers who are more inclined toward the new world style and those who love the exuberance and fruit-forward quality of big wines. Personally, we like to leave this wine in the cellar and forget about it for a few year, that is after opening and enjoying a few bottles in its youth.

John Szabo (MS) John Szabo (MS)  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: February 2021

2016 Équinoxe Merlot

94 points- 4/5 value

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

Equinoxe Merlot is a single vineyard wine sourced from a specific block of 20+-year-old vines on the mid-slopes of the south end of the Golden Mile. Since 2008 (the first vintage of this wine) the wines resulting from this special vineyard show great flavour intensity and very firm tannins, regardless of the vintage. Morning sun and afternoon shade allow the grapes to retain acidity that is harmonious and keeps the wine from being flat or overbearing. The nose dances with a myriad of nuances and flavours and the palate highlight plum and blackberry with a long finish of cedar and mocha. This is a truly impressive wine. The sheer high quality of the fruit and style of winemaking creates a wine that will age gracefully for 10+ years.

Michael Godel Michael Godel  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: January 2021

2018 Le Grand Pin Syrah

91 points. 4.5/5 value

From the home LVP site on the Black Sage Bench, and its sand over clay base, this is a structural, masculine and savoury expression of Syrah. Based around a beautiful core of violet, dense blueberry and cassis, but with syrah’s meaty reductive face evident through. This was somewhat of an experiment, with the blend made up of two neighbouring blocks of 7 rows each, both clone 877, but utilizing two different canopy management techniques (one with early deleafing before flowering). The result of the latter was a lighter, smaller cluster, with thicker grape skins, adding an extra dimension of concentration to the whole. Quite a structural, age worthy wine. This is one of three small lot (50 case) single vineyard syrahs released by the winery from 2018, all raised in neutral barrel for 18 months.

Treve Ring Treve Ring  |  Gismondi on Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

2018 Le Faucon Syrah

93 points. 4/5 value

Le Faucon, referencing the falcons in the vineyard, is a super sandy vineyard in Osoyoos, and represents one of their warmest, and coldest vineyards. The lake affect is not so prominent here. This is one of three in LVP’s Terroir Series, a small lot (50 [cases] each) release of single vineyard syrah, all raised in neutral barrel for 18 months. This is entirely 174 clone, with vine age approximately 10 years. Savoury throughout, with a sandy textural component, wild cherries, fine tobacco, and subtle peppery spicing running along very lengthy, fine grained tannins. Beautiful finesse now, even in youth, this is certainly a highly cellar-worthy wine.

Treve Ring Treve Ring  |  Gismondi on Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

2018 Syrah Cuvée Classique

92 points. 4/5 Value

While it combines elements of both the old and new world, our Syrah Cuvee Classique leans more toward what you would expect from France’s Rhone Valley – hence the name. While its sibling Cuvée Violette showcases the floral, graceful and perfumed side of Syrah, Cuvée Classique shows the dark, savoury, spicy and powerful side of this noble grape variety. The wine is nuanced and elegant, yet structured in its youth. In 2018, there is an extra savoury dimension to this wine. white peppercorn, rusted iron, dark blackberries, a touch of black olives and aromatic herbs make up the aromatic and flavour profiles of this wine. There is a great balance between the components already albeit the wine is on the young side. Can be enjoyed in youth or tucked away for the mid or even long term.

Treve Ring Treve Ring  |  Gismondi on Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

2019 ‘Ava’

2019 Ava is fuller and more immediately impactful than the last couple of vintages. It is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with round and full structure, but with poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and in the long term (specially after 5-8 years of bottle age). Today, Ava 2019 is at its best with a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar. There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Canned peaches and nectarines are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. The fruit was full and ripe and could handle (in fact was begging for) a bit more than usual level of new oak at 35%. on day two, slight acacia honey drizzled notes on toasted brioche bun come to the foreground. Anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post vintage.

Treve Ring Treve Ring  |  Gismondi on Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

2018 Roussanne

91 points. 4.5/5 value

From Sev’s own vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, her ‘little Chateauneuf du Pape’, this was barrel fermented in all new wood where it remained for 9 months, with regular bâtonnage. Lovely honeyed nut nose leads into creamy pear on the savoury body, drawn by fine grained texture to a spiced nutmeal finish. Very elegant and long lived, this is a beautifully fine, structural and finessed wine. Only 50 cases made.

Treve Ring Treve Ring  |  Gismondi On Wine  |  Tasted: August 2020

2017 Equinoxe Syrah

93 points. 4/5 Value

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

The 2017 Équinoxe Syrah is comprised of fruit grown in various sub-appellations in the South Okanagan Valley. A traditionally made Syrah in the sense that the sum is considered greater than the parts (lieu-dit trumping single cru à la Chez Jamet, JL Chave, Clape). The resulting effort is a very complex wine with a medium+ garnet colour that perfectly and effortlessly combines elements of both old world and new world styles. This monumental wine is at the same time feminine and masculine – it has grace and power, spice and florals, game and savoury notes. Yin and yang come together to showcase a perfectly balanced Syrah.

2017 is a structured year. Harsh winter, late spring and less than ideal weather initially all played their part to lower the yields and make for an impressive, vin de garde kind of vintage, esp for Syrah. The fruit profile is at the same time black and dark red bramble fruit scented, albeit fuller, deeper and a tad darker. The floral notes are distinctly that of Violets, but more savoury notes are layered on top. Ample black pepper with some white pepper and a sprinkling of baking spices are coaxed out of the glass. With age, as it tends to do, we expect those beguiling black olive notes and that pleasant subtly animalic note to come to the foreground. one for wine lovers who are more inclined toward the new world style and those who love the exuberance and fruit-forward quality of big wines. Personally, we like to leave this wine in the cellar and forget about it for a few year, that is after opening and enjoying a few bottles in its youth.

Anthony Gismondi Anthony Gismondi  |  Gismondi On Wine  |  Tasted: Dec 2020

2019 ‘Ava’

93 points. 5/5 Value

2019 Ava is fuller and more immediately impactful than the last couple of vintages. It is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with round and full structure, but with poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and in the long term (specially after 5-8 years of bottle age). Today, Ava 2019 is at its best with a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar. There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Canned peaches and nectarines are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. The fruit was full and ripe and could handle (in fact was begging for) a bit more than usual level of new oak at 35%. on day two, slight acacia honey drizzled notes on toasted brioche bun come to the foreground. Anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post vintage.

john Szabo (MS) john Szabo (MS)  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Jan 2021

2018 Le Faucon Syrah

92 points

Sourced from a single sandy soiled vineyard in Osoyoos, this supple syrah was fermented in concrete and aged in neutral French oak. The result is a lovely soft, ripe style with black cherry fruit, gentle pepper and herbs. It is full bodied yet soft and refined with very fine sandy tannins. Impressive texture, lovely palate. The length is excellent.

5/5 Value

David Lawrason David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Sept 2020

2018 Équinoxe Viognier

92 points

*** Wine Society Exclusive***

The second-ever release of a 100% Viognier wine from Le Vieux Pin. After nearly a decade of growing these precious grapes, we finally realized the potential of a very special subplot we are growing these vines on. A measly single puncheon (56 cases) output only, but what a jewel of a wine. The Nose is a myriad of crushed rocks mingling with exotic tropical notes and even more exotic floral nectars. There is an intriguing saline note in the wine which keeps the fruit/floral dance composed and restrained. On the palate, the wine enters with lushness but quickly pulls back with a solid spine of acidity and dry extract. Never overbearing nor lacking. Equinoxe Viognier is a wine that manages to hit that sweet spot of taking the very best of both the old world and the new world. Salut!

David Lawrason David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Sept 2020

2018 Équinoxe Chardonnay

93 points

This is one of Severine Pinte’s first chardonnays, inspired by Meursault in Burgundy. It is sourced from a cooler Golden Mile Bench vineyard. It is certainly full bodied and firm yet elegant at the same time. The nose is a bit reserved but complex with pear, subtle oak and a slightly oxidative hazelnut note. Nicely structured and focused with excellent length.

David Lawrason David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Sept 2020
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