2013 Kingston Family "Lucero" Syrah Casablanca Valley
Wine & Spirits
Las Dichas is in the westernmost part of Casablanca, about eight miles off the coast. Kingston farms 345 acres of vineyards on rolling hills, mostly producing grapes for other wineries. They keep a selection of the best plots of Syrah for this wine, a creamy red that shows the influence of the sea in its spiced red fruit flavors. It’s soft and friendly, with a distinctive meaty core that incites an appetite for barbecued brisket.
Aromas of leather, pepper and meat character. Full body, soft tannins. Round and spicy. Long and flavorful finish. Drink now or hold.
Bright violet. Fresh, mineral- and smoke-tinged dark berry and floral pastille scents show very good clarity and pick up a hint of cracked pepper with air. Juicy, appealingly sweet and lithe on the palate, offering sappy blackberry, cherry compote and spicecake flavors and a salty touch of olive on the back half. In an elegant style, delivering strong closing thrust; smooth tannins make a late appearance. There's superb value here. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Lucero Syrah matured in cask for some 14 months. It has roasted aromas, cured meat, some black olives and tar -- quite Syrah, smoky and intense. The palate is medium-bodied and has good acidity; it is supple and juicy with fine tannins. A very pleasant, varietal Syrah. This represents the biggest volume of all of the wines I tasted with 11,865 bottles produced. The Kingston family is located in Casablanca, where they arrived from California. They are in a cool part of the valley. They have around 70 hectares of vineyards and they sell some grapes. They are part of Movi. These are restrained, somehow austere and elegant wines. (LG)
Offers a meaty aroma, with flavors to match, accented by plenty of espresso, Asian spice and forest floor notes. The muscular tannins on the finish are matched to crisp acidity and mocha details. (KM)
Casablanca Valley is a cool, coastal section of Chile not particularly well known for its Syrah. Contrary to what everyone told them, though, the Kingstons planted Syrah here and, as the wines show, the grape can thrive in this climate. Deep, dark fruit aromatics lead to generous, spicy, blue and purple fruits on the palate, with hints of black tea towards the finish. This fits somewhere between the richer, fruitier New World style and the brighter, more subtle and mineral expressions for which the northern Rhone is famous.