It is an exciting time in the wine industry right now. Almost anyone anywhere can order wine online (subject to state regulations) and can get hundred of different varietals from hundreds of different wine regions from thousands of different wineries. Speaking of state regulations, why is it that it is 2015 and we still have to figure out if certain wine company can ship wine to certain states. One time I had an issue with an order and the company was not allowed to make it right and send replacement wine. How dumb is that?
I digress. Today’s wine selection comes from ClubW again and is the 2013 Historia Verdadera Syrah from the Casablanca Valley of Chile. This is the second wine from them from this valley. The first one was a Pinot Noir that I was not a huge fan of.Â Does this one have a chance?
Online, Club W has a video but no written tasting notes so once again I will transcribe for you what is on the back of the bottle:
Casablanca Valley is a cold, coastal region of Chile renowned for its crisp whites. However, it’s their Syrah where the region’s truths are told. In the grape that’s capable of displaying a myriad dark-fruit flavors. Casablanca’s cool climate produces a strong, peppery flavor that’s just shy of spicy.
This wine is only 11.6% alcohol by volume so I was worried that this one too would be wine flavored water. I also would like to not that I would have put an ‘of’ between myriad and dark-fruit so don’t think I transcribed this wrong. Now on to the wine!
Color – Ruby red with some transparencies.
Nose – Pepper, spice, and roses. The fruit is muted.
Taste – Peppery, salami, with red fruit maybe cherries or raspberries.
Finish – Medium with medium to high acid and medium tannins.
Overall, this is a wine like no other. It is so different you have to love it. There are probably even better ‘different’ Syrahs from this region but I can only go on this one. I enjoyed it’s peppery complexity. It is medium-bodied and the fruit is muted. It is more about the spices and complexity.