2006 Viña Falernia Syrah Reserva Elqui Valley

SKU #1051753

90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Syrah Reserva offers an enticing nose of smoke, game, and blueberry. Medium-bodied and elegant on the palate, it has layers of spicy fruit, good ripeness, and excellent length. This crowd-pleaser will evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now. It is an outstanding value." (04/09) And, according to Wine Spectator: "Smoky roasted vanilla aromas give way to mulled currant and melted black licorice notes. The velvety finish lets the smoky note linger. Drink now." (12/09) From the relatively unknown Elqui Valley of Chile, Viña Falernia is making tremendous values that remind me of the glory days of Chilean bargains. The Syrah is spicy, smoky and loaded with black fruit, but still has layers of complexity that belie its humble price. It reminds me more of a Crozes-Hermitage but at a fraction of the price. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/7/2010  | Send Email
I need to stop using the phrase "this has to be one of the best values in the store" as I just keep finding one after the other, and I fear it's loosing it's impact. BUT... this is an absolute steal for the price. It has the all the tell tale smoke, game and dark berry fruit one finds in classic Northern Rhone reds. It has density, but is not clunky on the palate, and finishes with a little heat but a beautiful lavender note only found in very good syrah. From what is now the most northerly growing region in Chile, a very cool wine very much worth checking out. CM

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 8/17/2010 
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An intriguing offering and a good value, but not a wine that one would want to drink every week. This is a brute with intense flavors of tar, leather, and licorice. It made me sit up and take notice, but it's a bit overwhelming.
Drink from 2010 to 2011

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.