I've looked at quite a few wines from Valentin Bianchi over the last year. This Argentine Winery makes offerings in many price categories. Today I'll look at their Syrah. The 2007 Valentin Bianchi Elsa Syrah is 100% varietal. There was some minimal oak aging, however the goal was to keep fresh fruit at the forefront. 3,000 cases of this wine were imported and the suggested retain price is $8.99.
Cherry pie notes underscored by vanilla and light nutmeg burst from the nose of this Syrah. Throughout the palate cherry continues to dominate along with some darker fruit notes in the form of plum. The finish adds a subtle layer of earth and a good amount of black pepper. This wine has good acidity and a light tannic structure. Hearty meats, mushroom based dishes and strong cheeses will be fine matches for this wine.
For less than $9 this wine offers good varietal character, nice balance and enough elements to keep things interesting. An offering to open on one of the nights you don't want to break the bank, but you do want a decent glass of wine. Another solid and affordable offering from Valentin Bianchi.
Imported by Quintessential Wines
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