MONTES ALPHA SYRAH - 2005
Aged in French Oak barrels for one year, this Syrah, with a bit of Cabernet and Viognier mixed in, has an alcohol content of 14.5%.
Garnet color with aromas and flavors of asphalt, toasty cedar wood, spicy berry, leather and vanilla. The finish is cherry hard candy. Full-bodied with a good grip. Sweet vanilla oak and tobacco emerge more prominently on the second day after the wine softens and opens up.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
This is a stellar Syrah with a real taste of Chile. The style and taste is indicative of Chile setting it apart from California Syrah or Aussie Shiraz which tend to be more fruity. Sophisticated and affordable for $15 a bottle.