The 2012 Merino Syrah is from the Limari Valley in Chile. Located in the Coquimbo region north of Santiago, the Limari Valley has mineral rich soil and a similar climate to Marlborough in New Zealand, influenced by the Pacific Ocean. This is a very dry area with an average of only four inches of rain per year. Drip irrigation is allowed and used to water the vines.
The wine is a bright purple in color. The nose screams ripe blueberries, with some mocha and a touch of smoky meat. The palate has the juicy blackberries, olive juice and the meatiness. The bright fruitiness is balanced by some earth and acidity making the wine taste very alive! The tannins are sweet and velvety smooth.
If you’re a fan of Syrah, check out this wine. It reminds me of a Syrah from the Northern Rhone and ROCKS for the retail price of about $15!