Falernia Syrah Reserva 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Chile, South America
Grapes from 3 different vineyards of the Elqui Valley were hand picked, de-stemmed and crushed separately. The winemaking was as the same as the Syrah and the Carmenere. After aging in barrels and stainless steel the wines have been blended just 3 months before bottling.
Bright and deep color. The wine shows a good fruit concentration and on the nose black pepper, red fruit, dark chocolate. Great body with soft tannins on the palate.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Syrah Reserva offers an enticing nose of smoke, game, and blueberry. Medium-bodied and elegant on the palate, it has layers of spicy fruit, good ripeness, and excellent length. This crowd-pleaser will evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now. It is an outstanding value."
Viña Falernia is located in the Elqui Valley between La Serena and Vicuña, 520 km (323 miles) to the north of Santiago and it is at present Chile's northernmost wine estate.
The soils in our vineyards are composed partly of rubble which has eroded from the Andes mountains and deposited by glaciers and wind, and partly of alluvial sand and silt deposited by the river. While stony, gravely soils are regarded as poor for most crops, their excellent drainage qualities make them perfect for wine growing. The climate is semi-arid (average annual rainfall is 80-100 mm) making drip irrigation indispensable during the spring and summer months.
Climatic factors have a crucial influence on the quality and flavour of wine. With the majestic Andes as a backdrop, their peaks gleaming white all through the summer, the vineyards benefit from currents of cold air which descend from the high mountains at night. They cool the vineyards, causing a dramatic contrast between day and night time temperatures during the ripening season, from 27-32°C (80.6-89.6°F) to 10-12°C (50-53.6°F). This has the result of reducing respiration via the leaches and thereby furthering the accumulation of sugar in the grapes as well as the synthesis of polyphenols (tannins and coloring matter) along with the aroma and flavour substance. View all Falernia Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
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20 ratings, 14 with reviewsantiqueart - Birmingham, AL35/4/2013If you like Syrah this is ok but not sure about the 90 rating. Its worth the $99 sale price for case. I would say its an 88 and ok.310/8/2012Ready and enjoyable today. A very good buy.acodispoti - Arlington, VA48/31/2012
I was really happy with this wine.--Even more happy when I found out I bought two bottles by mistake. Quite bold and fruity. An excellent wine for the price!teachth - Pinellas Park, FL47/11/2012Very good Syrah. Bold, deep, nice viscosity.RedWine512 - Tampa, FL36/17/2012Douglas Houston - Riverview, FL45/27/201255/21/201214/14/2012Too acidic. Didn't like this at all.Camilla ONeal - Tuscaloosa, AL53/20/2012
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Very smooth and light.I love my syrah's.I recommend this bottle highly.I plan on buying many firstname.lastname@example.org - Moseley, VA41/9/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Big & bold. Huge hit for our holiday party. I am no expert but you can definitely taste the fruit with a nice layer of spice. I bet it just gets better over the next 12-24 months. However, can be enjoyed now. Great conversation wine or wind down wine.smarthur - Fairbanks, AK410/20/2010Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL17/1/201135/18/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Strong and bitter at first, but if you let it sit for a while before drinking, it tast much better. Swirling it around the glass brings out the strong aroma which is a bit scary at first, but after 15 min or so, it's tangy and the fruit taste is big and bold.42/21/2011This was the first time that even my unrefined palate could detect every nuance of flavor that the wine maker listed on the back of their bottle. Immediate notes of cedar and Earth upon opening the bottle. An underlying peppery tone complements the lovely deep berry flavors. A wonderfully complex and delicious bottle of wine for 10$. I will absolutely buy this again.zeet - Arlington, MA42/8/2011This wine has nice soft tannins and is ready to drink now. Not too fruity and overpowering.Patricia Piazza - Fairfax, VA511/24/2010Let this breathe - I'm a true fan of big and bold. This delivered big time. This 2006 bottle was back ordered three weeks. Had I known it was this good, especially for $10.00, I regret not ordering more - now it's sold out.Jean French - Boca Raton, FL410/14/2010I would say that it is a nice wine that I enjoyed. I will buy this wine again.Feng - Washington, DC47/25/2010I didn't like the musky overtone that tastes a bit like chemicals, which got a bit less pronounced as the drinking of progressed to a second and third glass. Other than that, it's has a rich, interesting, and complex body. Mixed darker berries and cherry in the taste. 88.49/12/2010I enjoyed this wine
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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