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2007 Castillo de Molina Shiraz Reserva

January 6, 2011

There are 5,391 hectares of Syrah (Shiraz) grapes planted in Chile; if the 2007 Castillo de Molina Reserva Shiraz is any indicator of the quality of Chile’s Syrahs, we may see that number increasing in the years to come.

2007 Castillo de Molina Reserva Shiraz

We all know that Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape, but when I think “Shiraz” I think fruity and big and – let me be honest – Australian. When I drink a Syrah it seems deeper, darker, and more mysterious. This wine strikes me as a “Syrah,” but the label says “Shiraz.” I know – a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Whatever you want to call it, this one is a keeper.

The Castillo de Molina pours a medium ruby color. The nose is toasty and oaky, with layers of cinnamon and pepper over the faintest aroma of the ocean. It has a creamy, full mouthfeel, with the alcohol just a little forward, tasting juicy, lusty, and earthy.

Super Wine Warehouse prices this gem at $9.99, making it a great selection for the budget-minded oenophile. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

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