MontGras Antu Ninquen Syrah 2005
from Chile, South America
Grape varieties: 88% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
Color: Opulent, rich purple
Bouquet: Very spicy; notes of black and white pepper mingle with leather, clove and ripe black fruit supported by oak
Taste: Full-bodied, harmonious and expressive. Mellow tannins and a structured mid-palate. Intense fruit leading to a long finish
Serving suggestions: Red meats, poultry, rich stews, hearty pasta dishes and hard cheeses
"Has a hefty layer of sweet toast covering the dark plum, currant and fig flavors. Rich, smoky finish. A touch shy on purity, but will have fans."
"The Antu Ninquen wines come from a single vineyard atop the plateau of Ninquen Mountain in the Colchagua Valley. The well-known Paul Hobbs serves as a consultant to the project. The 2005 Antu Ninquen Syrah has 12% Cabernet Sauvignon added to the blend. The wine was aged for 18 months in French and American oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Purple-colored, the wine offers a spicy perfume of pepper, leather, earth, and blackberry. Firmly structured, this full-bodied wine has good flavors and balance but will require several years in the bottle to fully express itself.
The Wine Advocate
"If you like yours big and burly, this 14.6% Syrah (with 12% Cabernet) is dark and luxe, with good natural acidity to balance out the alcohol and untamed plum, berry jam and chocolate flavors. A forceful wine with no dead weight. "
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