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2017 Clos de Luz "Azuda" Syrah Rapel Valley

SKU #1443342 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A wealth of fresh, ripe berries with a slew of rich dark chocolate on the nose, leading to a palate that has deeply fleshy and nicely nuanced, ripe red and dark berries in abundance. This is nicely cut indeed. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Clos de Luz has a new Syrah, of which I tasted two very different vintages: the 2017 Azuda Syrah and the following year, the 2018. This 2017 was produced with grapes from a low-yielding year that was warm and dry, when the grapes achieved high ripeness. The vines are trellised and were planted 10 years ago on granite soils at the top of the slopes. It fermented in open bins with indigenous yeasts and matured in used 300-liter oak barrels for one year. There is a meaty and smoky quality, with a floral undertone. It has varietal characteristics and very tasty flavors that are pungent and persistent, and it finishes dry, with the granite sensation on the palate. (LG) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

We are very excited to be offering wines from our newest direct import from Chile, Clos de Luz. Located in the Almahue Valley sub region of the Rapel Valley. Almahue Valley is located 70 miles Southeast of Santiago, 40 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 28 miles from the Andes Mountains. The Clos de Luz estate was first planted by the current owners' great grandfather in 1892, it now spreads over 33 hectares of vineyards planted in granitic soil with quartz components of volcanic origins. The oldest vines now date back to 1945 and were planted by their grandmother, Luz. They are some of the oldest Carménère vineyards in Chile, and probably in the world. The domaine’s vineyards are 100% ungrafted and massal selections. The vineyards are certified sustainable. The grapes are hand harvested, with strict fruit selection. The fruit is gently extracted then vinified and raised with minimal interventions, and these wines are elegant with depth and complexity. Named after the centenary waterwheels that are still being used at Clos de Luz. Open top fermenters and caps punched down by hand. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. The wine is both very intense and elegant with lively black fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and plums and hints of chocolate aromas. On the palate the wine is layered and dense, showing exceptional complexity and structure, while blackberry, mocha, espresso and fine spice flavors are supported by powerful tannins.

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By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/14/2020 | Send Email
Expressive aromas of Jalapeno, cherries and savory spices. Dark and full body that give away hints of blackberries and earl grey tea. It is definitely a kind of Syrah that represents Chile's taste profile. Perfect with smoked BBQ meat and hearty roasted vegetables.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2020 | Send Email
One of the best-kept secrets in the world of wine is how good Syrah is from Chile. It is an easy secret to keep, most people are not looking for the next great Syrah region, I am here to spill the beans! This wine grabs your attention. It does that effusive, hedonistic thing that Syrah does, without being over the top. The nose is big ripe berries (those perfect just picked farmers market berries that are very ripe, sweet and tangy and you can still smell with a little of that brambly leafy herbal note from the vine) and fine spice. The palate is lush, the tannins are polished and help to convey a berry roundness to the wine. Lots of berries, plums, fine spice, and a creamy mellow coffee note. This is an incredibly accessible Syrah that is almost heady and lush and fresh. This has almost everything anyone would want from Syrah. What a deal, what a wine.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2020 | Send Email
Another excellent release from this producer. A nose of rich, black fruits and roasted nuts with a (very slight) hint of earth. On the palate, more black fruits with (light) roasted meat flavors and a lingering finish that has a touch of minerality. This falls nicely between a Northern Rhone and an American Syrah, style-wise. Easy to drink, but, complex enough to serve with dinner. A great price, too!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2020 | Send Email
Wow, this is good. This is solidly one of the best under-20 Syrah’s in the store but it’s hard to find a good parallel for how this wine shows. Dark fruit, gobs of it, but cut across and balanced by dark earth and mocha. New world but nuanced and restrained. The Nose is class with dark floral notes, just a hint of pepper and fleshy black cherry. This is such a complete bottle of wine you could pair it with any number of dishes, but this would be a fire burger pairing.

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