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2009 XumeK Syrah

Ezequiel Eskenazi, the down-to-earth founder of XumeK, is carving out a wine lifestyle destination a solid two hours drive northwest from Mendoza in San Juan, complete with a life size reproduction of a whale constructed by famed artist Adrian Villar Rojas as a tribute to the site (now upwards of 800 meters above sea level, but which used to be a submerged seabed in ancient times). The wines are fitting tribute to the stark beauty of the site, and their Syrah is a bargain—Crayola does not make a color this purple, and the big blue fruits deliver just about what you would expect from taking a look at the stunning hue of this wine in the glass, with the added bonus of some nice stony, mineral notes. Where the Syrah really shines, though, is in the mouthfeel, where it puts on a clinic for the price-point and will very likely ensure a quickly drained bottle at your next BBQ.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Helioterra Columbia Valley Syrah

Clear, medium-deep intensity, plum purple in color. Clean nose with medium to medium-full aromas of dark fruit, plum, raspberry, blackberry, and savory herbs, rosemary, coffee. Dry on the palate with medium-full tannin, medium-low acidity, and flavors of cherry conserves, blackberry, sage, and oak. Needs time; pair with sautéed portabella mushrooms tossed with herbs and cooked raspberries. Recommended.
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2009 Helioterra Columbia Valley Syrah

Clear, medium-deep intensity, plum purple in color. Clean nose with medium to medium-full aromas of dark fruit, plum, raspberry, blackberry, and savory herbs, rosemary, coffee. Dry on the palate with medium-full tannin, medium-low acidity, and flavors of cherry conserves, blackberry, sage, and oak. Needs time; pair with sautéed portabella mushrooms tossed with herbs and cooked raspberries. Recommended.
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2007 Les Breteches du Château Kefraya

A slightly dusty-looking brickish red. Aroma is of brick dust and freshly tilled earth, dried cherries, and cocoa powder. Rough tannins hover across the early- and mid-palate and linger on the (moderately long) finish. Beneath the tannins, dried cherry and clove notes add to a profile that is surprisingly light and freshened by plenty of acidity. Overall impression is raspy and astringent, but flavorful and reasonably well-rounded. This would be splendid with smoked trout or a substantial grilled fish like mahi or swordfish, or with a vegetarian entree laden with lots of garlic and a bit of cream.
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2009 Edmunds St. John Wylie Syrah

如果你认为所有加州西拉是酒体重且浓郁的水果味,那这款从埃德蒙兹圣约翰(Edmunds St. John)的2009 Wylie会让你重新审视西拉在加州的特点。这是一款果汁浓郁且让人垂涎的酒,有着相当愉悦的余味。明亮清澈的红宝石/石榴石的颜色,它比起大多数加州的酒的话更于法国罗讷(Rhône)北部的酒。在香气和口味而言,它是既活泼又十分令人兴奋的酒,从辛香味(香菜,白胡椒)渐渐向像丹麦的樱桃味糖浆类的味道转移。另一点令人回味的是还具有根汁汽水的味道,以及一点点肉香,像干腌猪肉或陈年牛肉干。总之这是一款非常令人满意的,易于佐餐的葡萄酒。 标签:2009年,加利福尼亚州,Edmunds St. John,埃德蒙兹圣约翰,红葡萄酒,西拉,酒评,酒
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2006年 路易M马提尼 ,纳帕谷,赤霞珠

起初,你注意到樱桃覆盆子的香味,伴随着浓郁的甜水果香,甚至有焦糖的味道。单宁不是很明显,如果只是单纯喝酒的话,你会体会到相当悠长的难以忘怀的回味。但如果有佐餐相伴,它变得更加平衡,而且甜味不那么明显,杯中的酒下肚似乎只是时间的问题。试着与一些味道不太重的食物搭配,例如番茄酱通心粉一类的。推荐级别。 标签:2006,赤霞珠,加利福尼亚州,路易米马提尼,梅鹿辄,纳帕谷,小味儿多,红葡萄酒,西拉,酒评,葡萄酒
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2006 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

At first, you notice cherry raspberry aromas, with darker sweet fruit in the flavors—even caramelized fruit. Not much tannin apparent, when drinking the wine on its own, and an unmemorable finish. But with food, it becomes more balanced, less sweet: the wine in your glass just seems to disappear. Try it with something not too heavy, like pasta with tomato sauce. Recommended.