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2008 Vina Polkura Syrah Marchigue Colchagua Valley
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

($23; includes 4% malbec, along with bits of grenache, mourvedre, tempranillo and viognier) Dark purple. Spicy, intensely fragrant nose features black raspberry, cola and violet, highlighted by hints of smoke and black olive. Smells a lot like a wine from the northern Rhone and a good one at that. Sappy and chewy but surprisingly lithe; the dark berry preserve and bitter chocolate flavors are at once taut and rich, thanks to enlivening minerality. Finishes with silky tannins and lingering smokiness. I really like this wine's energy and clarity. (Wine Markets International, Woodbury, NY)

91+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Chile

Virtually every wine region in Chile benefits from proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the cooling Humboldt Current that flows up from the South Pole. Although Chile extends more than 2,000 miles from north to south, its grape-growing regions are clustered in the center of the country, where rainfall is concentrated during the winter months, and where an absence of fungal diseases makes for relatively carefree grape-farming.
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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...
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