jamie goode's wine blog: An inexpensive, delicious Chilean Syrah

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

An inexpensive, delicious Chilean Syrah

Tonight's tipple? A really great Syrah from Chile. It's from Leyda, a cool climate region on the coast, where there's only just enough warmth to get the Syrah grapes ripe. This leaves them with a lovely peppery freshness, although this isn't your average crowd-pleasing Chilean red, because it has edges. But I think it's the edges that make it interesting.

Costero Syrah 2008 Leyda, Chile
From Vina Leyda. An amazingly vibrant, edgy Chilean Syrah with some meatiness to the red fruits, as well as a hint of white pepper. The palate has high acidity and some grippy tannins, making it a good food option. There's just a hint of that Chilean rubbery character, but that doesn't detract overly from the impact of the wine. You're getting a lot more wine here than you are paying for. 89/100 (6.95 Majestic when you buy more than one bottle of Chilean wine)

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At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Steve said...

I too have been raving (well, enthusing) about this for weeks. It really punches way above its price, if that makes sense. Chilean syrahs are excellent value right now.


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