Quinta de Viluco QV Syrah 2005

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A Chilean syrah from the Maipo Valley. This was absolutely intense in colour with blackish purple filling the glass with a formidable approach. The nose was all big dark fruit and confection, with definite alcohol. The palate was softer than expected, however, and very concentrated. I noticed simple but intense plum, chocolate, blackberry and licorice. Good balance, and a good value for a ‘big’ new world style syrah. Many would undoubtedly like this, but I prefer a little less sugar and a little more roughness when it comes to massive syrahs. Either that or go for the elegance and layering of a Northern Rhone style. Still, if I could get this in Canada at this price point, it would be tempting to drink this pretty often.

Very Good
$17.50 at North Berkeley Wine Merchants

Comments

  1. domestic foul
    March 17, 2009

    Mmmm, boisterous syrah… This sounds great! You know, it was more fun when you where blogging from Van — North Berkeley Wine Merchants adds a considerable travel cost to the price tag;)

  2. Shea
    March 17, 2009

    Well I’ll be back in Vancouver in the middle of May! And ya, for $17.50 this is pretty killer. But boy oh boy do you get good stuff down here for that price!

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