Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review: **** $$ Kiyapura Reserva Limitada Syrah, Valle del Maule, Chile, 2009 = BEST VALUE

By way of background, opening thoughts: You already know Chile for its malbec and cabernet sauvignon.  Today, thanks to Barclay's Wine importers, we will be sampling a syrah from the region, produced and bottled by Antaware Wine Company. 

Original tasting and review : This is Kiyapura Reserva Limitada Syrah, Valle del Maule, Chile, 2009, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Kiyapura is deep mahogany in the glass, opaque in the center. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep, bold, black ink on the nose.  From the aroma, seems like this will be classic, bold with good structure.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact flavorful and layered on the palate, bringing rich deep fruit and substantial tannins wrapped around luscious deep black and red berry fruit.  The palate is dark and sweet, the finish is lingering and remarkably clean.

In summary: Overall, rates a full four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Soft, light cinnamon spices on the deep nose.   Consistent palate, a bit spicier and brighter, perhaps.

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