Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Chile, South America
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
Very bright color; elegant nose with black pepper and floral notes. Medium-full bodied with very soft tannins and good balance. Great length and fruity after taste.
"Dark and winey, but not heavy, with lots of ripe, fleshy plum and blackberry fruit layered with white pepper, iron and violet notes. There’s ample toast, but it’s well-integrated, with a long finish. Drink now through 2012."
"Purple, sexy nose, Asian spices, incense, wild blueberries; rich, layered, balanced, length."
The Wine Advocate
Terrible. I kept hoping it would improve with more air. It didn't. We dumped half the first bottle. Hoping it was just a bad one, I opened the second one. It was just as bad as the first. Two sips later it went down the drain. don't waste your money.
On the glowing recommendations of those who bought the 2006 Reserva I tried the 2007. I did not get beyond the first sip. It was vinegary and horrible, and it all was poured down the drain. I would not even use it for cooking. I have 2 more bottles to try when I can get my courage up, and will gladly report if I find a more positive outcome.
Very good. Even somewhat cab-ish.
Spicy, medium body with nice finish
Earthy & Spicy
For exotic taste lovers only. We really enjoy this one but it may not be for everyone. Strong black pepper with lingering finish.
Light and fruity on the nose, even a little tutti frutti, and certainly pleasant. A hint of tar on the palette on first blush, leading to more fruit: strawberry jam and blueberry followed by berries. I can see where some might be a bit surprised at the finish with heavier tannins than one might expect. The bottle I tasted was very fresh with ample tannins to hold up for two, even three more years. I can see how some might not like this, especially those not expecting tannins than will settle and become finer over time.
Decent- a bit acidic and a little one note as well. Maybe a bad-ish bottle but still very drinkable.
Decent for $10 but I won't re-order.
One sip was enough...never again
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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...
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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....
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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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