An interesting wine. It’s northern Rhône on the nose, all smoke and olives, but on the palate, it is Golden State all the way. Figs, plums, and black cherry are shouldered aside by very sweet mocha and caramel. The mouth feel is very soft. There is little acid, leaving the wine just a little bit out of balance, but very reasonably priced. Drink with a sloppy barbecued beef sandwich and fries.

WHO: Viu Manent
WHAT: Syrah
WHERE: Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile
WHEN: 2005
HOW MUCH: $13

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