Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: ***+ $$$ Inti Serie Solsticio Gran Reserva Syrah, Valle Del Maule, Chile, 2008

By way of background, opening thoughts: Earlier this week, we sampled a Chilean syrah from Maule Valley, courtesy of Barclay's Wine importers, that rated a "best value" designation.  Today, also thanks to Barclay's, we will be sampling an syrah from the very same district, produced and bottled by Inti Wines. 

Original tasting and review : This is Inti Serie Solsticio Gran Reserva Syrah, Valle Del Maule, Chile, 2008, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep red, bordering on mahogany. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, deep plum with real funk.  From the aroma, seems like this will be classic and bold. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sandy and soft, with solid, ripe blackberry elements and very gentle touches of blueberry and prune.  The finish carries some dark oak but glides to a long, fleshy ending.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for power. 

Following long decant, a full week in partially filled bottle at cellar temperatures:  Plums are still soft and deep on the nose.  Sweet, easy fruit on the palate, although some of the sandiness has faded.  I miss that.  Clean, easy finish.

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