Serrera Syrah 2002
Valle de Huanacache, San Juan
Brick-red - almost tawny.
Smokey and savoury, giving way to chutney and preserved cherries and blackberries. Some liquorice and a trace of green pepper.
Medium body. Slightly raisiny but otherwise lacking fruit on the palate. Plenty of caramel and butterscotch, traces of liquorice, mildly tannic and reasonable acidity.
San Juan produces some great Syrahs, and a couple of years ago this might have been one of them. Now, though, there's not enough left in it to justify the price tag.