El Toqui Reserva Syrah 2005 Wine Review (NW)
Deep purple color
Jammy nose of blackberry and some black licorice
Juicy, fruity core on the palate
Nicely tapering finish accented by blueberry and currants
Chilean Syrah often presents a nice bargain, and this $10 wine tastes very well made. It has a real purity of fruit that doesn't taste doctored at all. And the color is incredible- a teeth-staining dark purple.
El Toqui appears to be under the ownership of Chateau Larose Trintaudon of Bordeaux. There has been some significant investment in South America among the Bordeaux Chateaux. They recognize the unique terroir of the continent and the attraction of having a winery and vineyards on the opposite growing season.
Hopefully, many of these wines will remain good values for years to come. Raise a glass!
(note: 2005 wine reviewed, 2004 label shown)