Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review: **** $ Henry Lagarde Syrah Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts:  The Mendoza region of Argentina is known for its malbec.  Certainly, syrah is a lesser-recognized varietal from the region.  But in our quest for values from around the world, we will review this value-priced Mendoza syrah today.

Original tasting and review , December, 2011: This is Henry Lagarde Syrah Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007, finished at 14.2% alcohol.  The Lagarde Winery was founded over a century ago, in 1897.

In the glass: Lagarde Syrah shows a deep, bloody magenta, opaque from about a half inch in from the edge of the glass, suggesting deep, bold flavors. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold, balanced and fresh deep red berry fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be balanced and earthy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, silky, ripe blackberry fruit, with sleek acids that lighten the tone.  Tannins come in on the close and provide a solid, clenching feel, even after four years from vintage date.  

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, for its deep fruitiness, with a  plus for layered pleasures.  Best value in a modestly-priced Argentinian syrah.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Fruit still bold on the nose, with an intriguing fresh laundry element.  Red berries and fun acids on the palate.  Clean, fresh finish.  

Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Consistent deep color, now with hints of dark brick at the edge.  Consistent bold, deep, earthy fruit on the nose.  Luscious, sleek and silky deep fruit on the palate, perfect drinking age, with tannins adding glide and sleekness, but little grip.  Hits a fourth star with the extra age and is an outstanding value at six years old.

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