Carmen, Gran Reserva Petite Sirah 2011, Los Quillayes Vineyard, Maipo Valley, Chile
Tasting Note: There is nothing “petit” about this petit syrah; it reigns large.
The wine has an aromatic ripe-with-cherry nose that is uniquely Chilean (a sense you’ll develop the more you taste Chilean wines). It has a deep purple and black color with strong viscous legs that demand notice.
A mix of strawberry and cherry undertones precedes a pleasant chalky finish. I had prepared grilled chicken to go with this dish having been predictably lulled into the “petite” name = “light red” fallacy, but this “petite” cuvee could easily tackle a steak.
Bottle Note: Carmen Gran Reserva Petite Sirah achieves ultimate varietal expression by focusing on the vital influence of soil and climate. Soil: The deep alluvial terraces of the Maipo Alto provide good drainage allowing the vines to reach optimal maturity and ripeness. Climate: The classic Mediterranean climate of the region is ideal for crafting wines with impressive extraction and rich tannins. The world-class growing environment of the Maipo Alto Valley allows us to create a Petite Sirah with great concentration and body. Try this wine with duck, braised lamb shank or any dish you would normally pair with a big wine.
Tasting Date: March 2015