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Thursday, April 14, 2011

2009 Tamaya Syrah Reserva

Viña Tamaya is located in the Limarí Valley, which is 400km north of Santiago, Chile. The Tamaya estate is actually quite a large farm with 3000 hectares that produces everything from citrus to avocados. Currently the estate has 163 hectares planted with grapes vines.  The vines were planted in 1997 and the winemaking facility was constructed in 2001. The current winemaker at Viña Tamaya is José Pablo Martin, who is considered one of Chile's most exciting young winemakers and has worked with top Chilean and French producers.

The 2009 Tamaya Syrah Reserva is composed of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier. It was aged in both French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.

This dark ruby and almost opaque wine has an amazingly perfumed bouquet with aromas of luscious black raspberry, blueberry pancake, acacia, potting soil, and barbecued meats. It's textbook Syrah on the nose, and is very pure and delineated.

On the palate the wine has a big and rich mouthfeel, packed with loads of dark black fruits such as black currant and cassis. This is what I like to call a teeth-stainer, because I can almost feel the big, heavy, and tannin-rich wine turning my teeth purple. I just adore the lovely floral component that the Viognier brings to this wine. It's like the wine has a touch of orange blossom and blueberry, which adds to the complexity and depth on both the palate and the bouquet. It's a well made, powerful, and complex wine that holds balance between fruit, oak, acid, and tannin. 91 points

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