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2013 Kingston Family "Lucero" Syrah Casablanca Valley

SKU #1217825 93 points 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.  (2/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of leather, pepper and meat character. Full body, soft tannins. Round and spicy. Long and flavorful finish. Drink now or hold.  (7/2015)

91 points Vinous

 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)  (2/2017)

90 points 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)  (10/2015)

Wine Spectator

 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)  (5/2015)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2016 | Send Email
I really love the Kingston Family Estate for their philosophy on wine making, which is to craft wines based not on what everyone else is selling, but to tell the beautiful story of their cool-climate Chilean terroir. The Lucero Syrah is that beautiful story in a bottle. It is very aromatic with notes of fresh eucalyptus and cranberry, pepper and leather. The fruit is bright and vibrant with acid driven fruit flavors like raspberry and blackberry, with a soft, medium-bodied texture. Wonderful balance and fresh style.

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- 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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14