Syrah is a wonderful grape that always seems to have difficulty finding a market. Well not always, but certainly the New World has found consumers hesitant to snap up Syrahs. Chilean producers seem intent on changing that, producing a broad range of Syrahs that veer off into the rich, fruity style as often as they tend to the restrained end of the spectrum. It is at that end, with fruit from cooler climates, that Chile might just crack the Syrah market.
Concha y Toro is one of Chile’s historic wineries. They produce a ton of inexpensive wines, mostly quite good, but it would be a mistake to judge them on the basis of their most popular labels. In addition to producing tons of great, affordable wines, they also focus on producing truly world-class wines, often at very competitive prices. It seems like they’ve taken on Syrah in a big way.
Must try wine: 2008 Concha y Toro Terrunyo Syrah