Merino Syrah 2012
Syrah/Shiraz from Chile, South America
A deep and brilliant dark purple introduces a rich nose of ripe blackberries and raspberries. The main personality is ruled by a floral quality on top of a meaty background. Finishes with minerality along with spicy violets and wild berries. Recommended pairings include lamb or herb-based sauces.
Wine & Spirits - "Imagine a blender filled with fresh-picked blackberries. This smells and tastes like those berries after they've been pureed, as vibrant as it is soft and juicy. Added to that gentle, smooth feel, there's a hint of meatiness giving the wine extra power and complexity. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Merino Syrah is an un-oaked Syrah that has a Northern Rhone feeling, with a special brightness and a wild side – slightly rustic, with aromas of smoked bacon, violets and hints of black olives. The palate is sharp and clean with very fine tannins and great freshness. "
Rene Merino is a physician who got into the wine business through his family's agricultural background. The winemaker is Jose Pablo Martin, one of the most excitng young winemakers in Chile who has worked with top Chilean and French producers. View all Merino Wines
About Chile(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
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.5 }div>3.7 out of 5 stars
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6 ratings, 5 with reviewsKayla - Chico, CA48/14/2015Jennie Marie - Los Angeles, CA41/21/2015
When I poured the wine I was stunned by the beautiful purple color. The flavor is enjoyable. This is a strong wine that warms the chest, but also tastes pleasant. A tad bitter, and would need to be a bit more full-bodied to be 5-stars.Rings - Amarillo, TX311/14/2014
- Big & Bold
Had a nice deep color. I found it to be closer a nice merlot than shiraz in texture and flavor. Lighter and not as intense as my favorite shiraz.reginavictoria - Orange Park, FL43/19/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Full bodied, smooth,nice lingering flavor.altivection - Agoura Hills, CA33/18/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Medium bodied- cherry and blackberry flavors. Very smooth style with a soft-and-sweet finish. Very nice, simple Syrah and a good value, but without any stand-out traits that I could sense.Mobidude - Alamo, CA42/13/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Outstanding QPR. Compares with the best from Washington State at a price that is hard to beat. Dark and intense wine with a fruity bouquet that is only slightly influenced by the oak. Good acidity and structure. Not built for the long haul but very enjoyable right now.
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- Pair With
- game. lamb
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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