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Kingston Family Vineyards Lucero Syrah 2015

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Kingston Family Vineyards Lucero Syrah 2015
$19.98

SKU 094922111029

750ml

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On the palate, the 2015 Lucero is possibly the most approachable Syrah from Kingston yet. It is plush without being heavy -- completely harmonious. 2015 was a fairly warm, early vintage, so the wine is pretty generous in terms of ripe fruit. Its personality is friendly and open. Dark flavors (blackberry, black olive, roasted meat) are pretty characteristic of our Syrah, but the 2015 also shows a liveliness that is very inviting. Although it goes with the usual Syrah accompaniments, I like it by itself, or with simple bites like cured meats, crusty bread, some good olive oil. I have enjoyed it with salted peanuts. Sounds like a picnic, no?
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region Chile, Casablanca Valley
Brand Kingston Family Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14%
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Wine EnthusiastAn opaque color and saucy aromas of tomato, plum, herbs and graphite are typical of cool-climate Chilean Syrah. A wide palate is full and generous but also easy to get through. Herbal blackberry, toast and oaky clove flavors finish spicy, peppery and dense, with some unresolved oak.

Michael Schachner, March 1, 2018
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Wine Advocate2015 was a warmer year with high yields, and they did an early harvest trying to avoid very high alcohol levels for the 2015 Lucero. This is pure Syrah from their vineyards in Casablanca, with a slightly shorter élevage than in previous years. It has a varietal, smoky nose and is all aged in 400-liter French oak barrels (only 12% of them new). There is more ripeness here than in the Pinot Noirs from 2016, and the wine comes through as powerful but without excess, keeping its freshness and poise. They used 40% full clusters for the fermentation, and you can see that in the slightly rugged texture; but that probably adds freshness, too. A very agreeable, tasty Syrah. 4,806 bottles were filled in May 2016. They only use some 10% of their grapes from their vineyards for their own wines. They are considered the best grape producer in the Casablanca Valley and sell their grapes to some of the best producers.

Luis Gutierrez, April 2017