2007 Viña Falernia Syrah Reserva Elqui Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Purple, sexy nose, Asian spices, incense, wild blueberries; rich, layered, balanced, length.
Dark and winey, but not heavy, exhibiting lots of ripe, fleshy plum and blackberry fruit layered with white pepper, iron and violet notes. There's ample toast, but it's well-integrated, with a long finish. Drink now through 2012.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark purple. A perfumed, nuanced nose displays blackcurrant, blueberry and graphite, with hints of olive and tobacco. Very syrah! Sweet and penetrating, enriched by sweet dark berry compote, licorice and candied violet flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. Quite complex, especially for the price, with very good finishing thrust and suave florality.
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 loaded with black fruit, spicy black pepper and has nice layers of complexity that belie its humble price. It is reminiscent of a Crozes-Hermitage from the northern Rhone valley but at a fraction of the price. This wine is ideal for summer barbecues (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)