James Molesworth van Wine Spectator heeft de nieuwe druiven van Chili uitgeprobeerd, de 2004 Pinot Noir en Syrah. Zijn conclusie: veelbelovend, maar nog niet de top.
Tasting Highlights: Pinot Noir and Syrah From Chile
Chile continues to chug along thanks to solid Cabernet Sauvignon production. The wines are good, sometimes great, but excitement is often missing. Chile’s winemakers are realizing this, as sales of their wines in the United States are flat. Some are looking to Carmenère as the grape to give Chile a unique signature, but its tendency to display green notes can be hard to overcome—the jury is still out. Other winemakers are looking to Syrah and Pinot Noir, and the initial results are very promising.
Well-known Concha y Toro and Viña Montes, along with new faces such as Matetic, Kingston Family and Los Maquis, are leading the way in this selection of new releases. If this group is any indication, they’re all on the right path to bringing some needed diversity and excitement to Chile.
CONCHA Y TORO Shiraz Cachapoal Terrunyo 2004 92 $38
Alluring aromas of dark cocoa and plum sauce pull you in to this full-bodied, dark, ripe Syrah, with muscular structure carrying the toast, black currant, fig and tar notes. Big, smoky finish, but plenty of fruit too. Drink now through 2009. 1,100 case made. — J.M.
CONCHA Y TORO Syrah Peumo Marqués de Casa Concha 2004 91 $19
Ripe and pure, with lovely violet, blackberry and plum aromas and flavors that glide along sweet, embedded tannins. Has a healthy layer of flashy toast too, but more than enough fruit for balance. Concha y Toro makes it seem too easy. Drink now through 2008. 4,000 case made. — J.M.
MATETIC Syrah San Antonio EQ 2004 91 $25
Offers lots of plum, fig and black currant fruit, along with briar, mineral and tar flavors. Bacony toast and racy acidity wraps it all up into a powerful yet focused presentation. Drink now through 2009. 800 case made. — J.M.
VIÑA MONTES Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha Apalta Vineyard 2004 91 $25
Lovely aromas of black cherry confiture and freshly shaved vanilla bean lead to a ripe, supple palate of cassis, plum and mineral, all shaded deftly with a dash of spicy toast. Shows nice grip too. Drink now through 2008. 19,000 case made. 7,000 cases imported. — J.M.
KINGSTON FAMILY Syrah Casablanca Valley Bayo Oscuro 2004 90 $28
Really enticing Syrah, with black cherry and blackberry fruit infused with pepper, spice and mocha-tinged toast. Sweet and fleshy on the vivacious finish. Drink now through 2007. 550 case made. — J.M.
MATETIC Pinot Noir San Antonio EQ 2004 90 $25
Shows some flashy toast, but there’s plenty of ripe black cherry and cassis fruit as well, with plush texture and bright acidity carrying the spice- and licorice-tinged finish. Delicious. Drink now. 650 case made. — J.M.
KINGSTON FAMILY Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Alazan 2004 89 $28
Rich, with a juicy core of black cherry and plum fruit backed by sweet toast and spice notes. Nice lingering briar hint on the finish. Drink now. 350 case made. — J.M.
KINGSTON FAMILY Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Tobiano 2004 88 $18
Pretty black and red cherry fruit, with hints of licorice root and briar. Fresh, open-knit finish shows lots of elegant spice and fruit. Drink now. 550 case made. — J.M.
LOS MAQUIS Lien Colchagua Valley 2004 88 $18
Clean-cut, modern style with a layer of mocha and toast leading the way for ripe plum and blackberry fruit. Fleshy, fruit-filled finish has a nice loamy hint. Syrah, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2007. 6,000 case made. 3,000 cases imported. — J.M.
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