2011 “Antu” Syrah by Viña Ninquén

Chilean Mountain Vineyard; 14.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 30 Nov.  Long gone from there.

Antu_2011_SyrahThis wine, after being decanted off sediment, was pretty good at first pour, but definitely improved with 40 – 60 minutes in a decanter.  It showed ripe, earthy, gently tangy flavors of dark red cherry, blueberry, less ripe blackberry, and hibiscus tea / red roses, in a smooth, elegant, and more thickly textured body.  There is only the slightest hint of the green bell pepper that some here abhor.  Judging by how the glass of dregs from the decanting tasted — not bad but definitely more crude — I recommend decanting this wine off its sediment.

This wine was one of the few I’ve seen that cost more than $2 or $3 that became very popular in the store and sold rapidly.  I got one when it arrived, but I was delayed getting to it by a cold, and in the meantime it vanished from the Richmond store.  If you find any still languishing somewhere, get it.  🙂

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