Producer: Finca Sandoval Style: Red Wine Grape Type:Syrah/Shiraz Origin:Spain Region: Other Spain
93 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2008
($53; 76% syrah, 13% mourvedre and 11% bobal) Opaque purple. Brooding dark berry and kirsch aromas are complicated by cracked pepper and musky Indian spices. Pliant blackberry and cassis flavors are surprisingly energetic, with lively acidity adding spine and fine-grained tannins providing shape. The spicy note repeats on the very lively, sweet finish.
Spain has more acres under vine than any other country and ranks third in production behind Italy and France. Much of this output continues to be hot-country jug wine made to satisfy the everyday thirsts of the domestic and greater European markets Read More »
While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape... Read More »
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