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Thursday, April 14, 2011

2009 Undurraga T.H. Syrah

ViƱa Undurraga was establish in 1885 and is among Chile's oldest and most historic wineries. The "T.H." wines are a special project made possible by the large selection of estate vineyards Undurraga has at it's disposal. T.H. stands for "Terrior Hunter" and the line inclides wines from many different regions throughout Chile such as Maipo, Maipo Alto, Colchagua, Leyda, Almahue in the Cachapoal, and Cauquenes in Maule.

The 2009 Undurraga T.H. Syrah is composed of Syrah that was sourced from a small vineyard located in Chile's Leyda D.O. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for a total of ten months. It's a total production of only 345 cases.

Immediately what's most noticeable about this wine is it fantastic dark purple and almost neon glowing color. On the nose I get aromas of brambleberry, mulberry, vanilla, and hints of that "hi-c fruit" almost candied and synthetic punch. It honestly reminds me of Aussie Shiraz in the way that it's very spiritous and liquor-like on the nose.

On the palate the wine has loads of rich blackberry, creme de cassis, licorice, and graphite flavors. This wine is heavily extracted, youthful, big, and bodacious! I think it's quite nice if you're into the palate-shellacking, and an almost clumsy style Syrah. The finish is chunky and long, and there's also a bit of alcohol that spikes on the end. It's fun stuff, just not my cup of tea. 86 points

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