Thursday, April 14, 2011
2006 Loma Larga Syrah
The 2006 Loma Larga Syrah is composed of 100% Syrah and was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months.
This darkly colored red wine is brimming with beautiful and rustic aromas of black currant, cassis, dried herbs, mineral, soil, scorched earth, and dark chocolate truffle. It's a complex bouquet that expresses quite a wide range of both fruit and terrior. The dried herb and peppery notes are both characteristics of the region and the varietal.
On the palate this wine has some serious black fruit character, that combines with savory dark chocolate and a touch of rosemary. The fruit is ripe and rich, and the tannins are bold, gripping, but surprisingly sweet. The finish is very long and slightly chunky.
This is very well made wine, but still needs quite a while in the cellar before it will drink with absolute harmony. The tannins are still quite aggressive, but I think the wine has the balance with fruit and acid for it to age with grace. 90 points
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