Santa Rita Reserva Syrah 2009

Santa Rita Vines located within Maipo Valley, Chile.

This Santa Rita Reserva Syrah review is part of our value wine series.  A series of articles aimed at finding the best wines for your buck that are both accessible and flavor filled.  

Santa Rita Reserva Syrah Review from D.O. Valle del Maipo, Chile.

Vintage: 2009

For me, this wine broke the Chilean Syrah norm a bit.  While it does maintain deep black fruit and an abundance of peppery spice, I found this Syrah to be lighter bodied on the front end, as opposed to on the finish.  I didn’t find the balance in this wine to be very exquisite, but the Santa Rita Reserva 2009 Syrah does pack spicy Chilean flavor and a 14% ABV.  That said, for a Syrah that can be found at $12 or less, the Santa Rita 2009 Reserva is worth a look as an ideal food pairing wine.  Grapes used to make this wine come from the Maipo Valley in the Southern Santiago Andes foothills.

Related: Learn all about the Syrah grape variety

Santa Rita Reserva Syrah ReviewSanta Rita Reserva Syrah 2009 Tasting Notes

In the glass, this wine shows depth over a rich black garnet color with bright red edging.  The nose is peppery, backed by firm cassis and blackberry juice aromas.  This is a medium bodied wine.  The opening palate immediately brings to mind blackberry, plum and currant flavors over cracked red pepper.  The mid palate grips with firm tannins, moderate acidity and undertones of thyme and underbrush.  Approaching the close, blackberry and cassis persists, backed by tobacco, leather and even a little touch of cinnamon over a medium-long finish.

Food Pairings for the Santa Rita Reserva Syrah

I love pairing food with Syrah.  Especially Chilean Syrah.  It’s some of the spiciest new world Syrah you can find.  Try something savory and peppery.  For a fancier dinner, consider roasted pork shoulder with ricotta risotto.  If you want to keep it simple, sweet and savory, make pulled pork sandwiches.  This is a great wine to pair with a hickory smoked bacon and cheddar hamburger or moist brisket with barbecue sauce.  Lastly, consider Asian honey glazed chicken wings on a lazy Sunday while watching a football game.

Related: Santa Rita wines score high on E-RobertParker.com

Santa Rita Reserva Syrah 2009 Review

The sunset over Maipo Valley, Chile.

Where to Buy the Santa Rita Reserva Syrah 2009

If you can’t find Santa Rita Syrah at your local grocery or liquor store, you may still be able to find supplies of the 2009 Syrah at Wine.com. If none is available, we do recommend you try the Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon as a backup which works equally well with the food pairings listed above.

Image credits: Santa Rita Vineyards and Winery

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