FALERNIA IN THE WORLD
Published at Harpers Wine&Spirit Trade Review By Laura Heywood Chilean producers in the northern valleys of Elqui and Limari are reporting "commercial promise" for a range of off-the-wall varieties outside Chile's top five most planted grapes. Trials of Pinot Noir, Malbec and Riesling are demonstrating that cool climate growing …Read more
It’s a huge, wide ranging release this week, with some of the most interesting wines hitting out beyond the advertised features on Australia and Chile. I have tasted almost every wine – 130 in all – which was done over three days. My featured wines below include some more expensive chardonnays and Rhônes from Beaucastel, but all others are great $20 range or under buys that have simply risen to the top. And there is nothing like the experience of tasting all the world’s wines side by side to experience quality rising to the top, no matter where they are from.
Falernia 2009 Reserva Syrah from the Elquí Valley is not new at Vintages – indeed this is at least its third appearance. But at $15.95 I just can’t resist re-introducing it to those of you yet to discover the secluded, precipitous Elqui Valley several hundred kms north of Santiago on the southern fringe of the Atacama Dessert. The wine is rather oaky, but it has incredible concentration and structure for the money; I think as a result of the low yields from those very rocky soils. The only vineyards not clinging to hillsides in Elqui are planted on the incredibly stony flats of an old riverbed.
Published at Winereviewonline.com By Mary Ewing-Mulligan Oct 9, 2012 Viña Falernia, Elqui Valley (Chile) Syrah Reserva 2009 (Empson USA, $12): This Syrah from Chile embodies two exciting trends: the emergence of Syrah as an important red wine for Chile and the development of new vineyard regions that push Chilean viticulture beyond the …Read more