La Puerta Syrah

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Price: N/A
Made in: Andes Famatina Valley, Argentina
By: Valley de la Puerta S.A.
Year: 2009

Been cellaring this one for a while (or maybe we just forgot it). Looks like we can no longer get this one at the LCBO, but the bottle is easily recognizable from the past. Anyways, aromas of dark berries, especially cherries with notes of alcohol. Hints of wood seem to come out a little. Lots of berries in the taste with some plums, light sourness from the cherries, some mild tannins creating some tartiness. Even some smokiness. Not one I would cellar again, but still pretty good overall.

Rating: 3.2/5

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Curious Beasts Blood Red (Rouge Sang)

20131027-180943.jpgSAQ code: 12109986
Price: $18.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Truett Hurst
Varietal: Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel
2012

Got this red wine at the SAQ as the wrapper around the bottle caught our eye. Had a pirate kind of feel, tied up around the neck of the bottle with an elastic. Smells like nothing at first, as really too mild. After breathing half-an-hour, it does release cherries, black berries and some mild leather. The mouthfeel is a little too tarty with the yeast. The nose started milder than the taste, but eventually beats it. Still, nothing really good, but a nice packaging. Inked blood along the cork. That’s nice.

Rating: 2.2/5

Passion of Portugal Reserva Red

20131013-185407.jpgLCBO#: 146449
Price: $8.25
Made in: Alentejo, Portugal
By: Casa Santos Lima
Varietal: Syrah, Tinta Roriz and Barroca
2012

This inexpensive Portuguese blended red wine has Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Syrah grapes. There is a tag on the front label that says Or (Gold) Coupe des Nations Québec 2013 award. It has very nice aromas with mild leather, tobacco and dark fruits. The taste is good as well, but very mild at first. With time though, it becomes quite good. Light tannins, light dryness and plum notes. All of this make this one a superb red wine for under $10.

Rating: 3.8/5

Cono Sur Reserva Syrah

LCBO#: 221820
Price: $13.95
Made in: Chile
By: Vina Tocornal
Varietal: Syrah

Nice dark red colour with a beautiful nose of mild leather, blackberries, notes of smoke and a tiny alcohol. Tasted very good at first, but seems to die down with time (or lack of food). Still, pretty good with some decent dryness in the finish. Mild tannins with pepper, dark berries and wood. Too bad the finish just drops after those great flavours (as the nose is superb). Was pretty good with salmon tonight.

Rating: 3.9/5