Lately, I have been exploring a lot of wines from Chile, Spain, and Argentina. I have found time and time again that they deliver wonderful wines for an incredible value. One of the latest wines I have sipped is Vina Falernia Syrah Reserva from Chile. There has been a lot of buzz about the wine (it was Wine Spectator’s wine of the week in June) so I was excited to see if it lived up to all the hype.
Vina Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007 is from the D.O. Elqui Valley appellation in Chile. It has 14% alcohol and retails for $15 (although it can easily be found for around $10). For more information see www.Falernia.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting The Wine
This Syrah pours deep plum in the glass. The nose is intriguing with aromas of dark fruit, pepper, violet, and a hint of smoke. The wine has bold tastes of plum, ripe blackberry, and smoke with a smooth and peppery finish. I immediately want another sip because of the interesting layers of flavor. The Vina Falernia Syrah Reserva is unique and makes a statement…and it’s a statement I like. I think this is a great wine for the price that will definitely awaken your senses. Grab a bottle and let me know what you think!
My Wine Rating- B+
*Food Pairing Note- The smokiness makes this wine great for grilled steaks, BBQ ribs, or smoky chipotle fajitas.