Thursday, September 18, 2008

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Syrah 2005

After my scary encounter with the poo wine, I decided that I didn't feel like picking a wine at random from the ANBL shelves for at least a couple of days, so this time I went with a recommendation. And we have a winner! This Shiraz reminds me of my favourite classic Australian Shiraz (see yesteday's post), though it's maybe not quite as fruit forward. Tastes like a bit more of a cool climate Shiraz, though I'm not sure the Rapel Valley, where it's sourced, really counts as cool climate. Not super complex and maybe just bit on the sweet/lush side for my taste but yummy. Great value too - the Aussie wines in this style are creeping up over $30. I think I'll have to get a bottle Wynn's 2005 Shiraz soon and see how it stacks up for value. In the meantime, I'm very happy with this.

Here's Kelly's note: "Evergreen, blackberry, chocolate, coffee, and maybe violets on nose, which is very nice, if a bit restrained. Same flavours follow through on palate, with lovely blackberry dominating. Well balanced, moderately long. The nose seemed to open up after an hour or so."

BTW, Wine Spectator gave it a 90 and Stephen Tanzer gave it 88, so it looks like Kelly and I split the difference (but we rated it ourselves before we looked at the pros, honest).

Price: $24.29
Value: 4/5
Score: 89(K)/88(N)
Alcohol: 14.5%
Tasted: Sept 2008
ANBL UPC: 7804320117294

1 comment:

  1. I tried this wine a few months back and the reaction was pretty much the same. It's a good wine at a reasonable price. I thought it was really full flavoured and kind of overwhelming. I decided to cellar a couple of bottles and try it down the road just to see how it changes. thanks for the reviews.