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Thursday, April 14, 2011

2009 Hacienda Araucano Syrah Reserva

In 2000 Francois Lurton bought the 200 hectare plot of land near the historic village of Lolol. It had never been used before to produce grapes, but with the mild climate that is heavily influenced by the proximity to the ocean, grapes were perfectly suited for the estate.

The 2009 Hacienda Araucano Syrah Reserva is composed of 100% Syrah from the Lolol Valley D.O.

This deeply colored red wine has a bouquet that displays aromas of earthy blackberry, eucalyptus, pencil led, and crushed rocks. I love the distinct terroir character that the wine exhibits, and in many ways it reminds me of some of the great Chilean Cabernet's I've had over the past decade. ( ie. Don Melchor)

On the palate the wine continues to show it's spiciness and peppery character, but the underlining black cherry, and rustic blackberry flavors are very nice indeed. The wine finishes nice and long, and has some firm and dry tannins.  Very nice wine for the $13 suggested retail price. 89 points

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