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Professional Ratings: 91 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Chile, South America
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 103506
The Syrah Single Vineyard is also from Errazuriz' Don Maximiano Estate in the Aconcagua Valley. The Syrah vineyard was planted in 1992 on a northwest- facing 5° slope with gravelly, sandy clay soils which drain very well, the first planting of Syrah in Chile. The grapes are hand-picked in Errazuriz' prestigious Don Maximiano Estate, a semi-desert region where the hot summer days are cooled by afternoon breezes. The high day-night temperature differences of the Don Maximiano Estate slows ripening and helps create intensity of flavors and concentration. Syrah has clearly found a home in the Aconcagua Valley, and its development will be one of the most interesting stories in coming years.
A gorgeous violet-ruby-red in color, with a nose that offers a blend of fruits that recall blackberries and ripe plum, along with chocolate, incense and some roasted aromas. The palate presents plenty of nerve, with a good structure and plenty of juiciness that leads to a fresh sensation to this persistent wine.
Opens with a good spread of herbs, perfume, black fruit and sauciness, while the palate is lively and healthy, with raspberry, plum, and herbal shadings. Definitely not a shy wine, but not overpowering either. Finishes with class, complexity and notes of herbs and menthol. Drink now through 2012.