Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$$ Matetic Vineyards Corralillo Syrah, San Antonio, Chile, 2007

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Initial review, by way of background, January, 2011: This is Matetic Vineyards Corralillo Syrah, San Antonio, Chile, 2007, finished at 14.% alcohol.

In the glass: Jet black, with magenta/purple rim.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Chilean syrah blooms out of the glass with black inky, violet fruit.  Bold and unique aromatics. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are intense, inky, sandy black-currants, full of darkness and foreboding.  But, don't get me wrong - you want another sip, and another.  You might call it rustic.  I'll call it some kinda black magic. 

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Strong offering indeed.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in a partially filled bottle:  Still intense, blow-you-away aromatics.   And the sip carries the same dark, alluring qualities.  No surprise this one would hold up to age or decant.
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Updated review, over a year later, now five years from vintage date,  May, 2012:  Same color, jet black magenta.  Deep, furry, bold aromatics.  Full black fruit, with a glint of red berry somehow in the finish.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: More gentle aromatics.  Balanced black fruit on the palate.

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