La Puerta Syrah
Valles del Famatina, La Rioja
Uniform medium scarlet red with purple tones.
Reasonably open. Ripe cherries, plums, slight woodiness.
Reflects the nose accurately with plums and spicy cherries in a light to medium body, with sweetness matched by acidity. Faintly tannic. Fruit recedes quickly, but the acids and alcohol linger with a hint of vanilla sweetness and tobacco on the finish.
An unpretentious and tasty budget drop which makes for a great everyday quaffer. While it's a bit light for grilled red meats, the acid and pleasantly warming 13.9% alcohol are well-suited to washing down any red-sauced pasta or a margherita pizza. One of the cheapest varietal bottles available but it doesn't taste it. Don't let the plastic cork put you off.