Casas del Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva 2015 | Old World Style Syrah from Casablanca Valley
Reminiscent of the wines of the Northern Rhône with complex aromas of blue and black fruits, olive tapenade, bacon, and cracked pepper. Casas del Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva 2015 is Medium bodied, with a combination of ripe fruit and savory notes yielding to a spicy finish. From the Casablanca Valley, Chile.
Casas del Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva 2015 is brick red in color. On the nose rich notes of crushed strawberry and bramble are in evidence. In the mouth spicy notes of cinnamon are accompanied by a hint of cedar and red cherry. A well-integrated oak backbone is backed-up by abundant, well-rounded tannins lending to excellent length and structure.
From the #1 Winery in Chile
A year ago, we had a revelatory blind tasting convinced the Wine Access brass that we could sell a Chilean wine for more than $15. While those of you who trusted our judgment stocked your cellars with a couple masterful Bordeaux-blends. And many of you locked into our Hermitage look-alike from the #1 winery in Chile. Here’s the good news: The Casas del Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva 2015 from Casablanca Valley is the latest release.
Casas del Bosque grows in ancient granitic clayLike the wines of Hermitage. Which imbues the red-fruited wine with a gorgeous linear quality. While eleven months in 45 percent new oak provides a beautiful firm backbone. And it all adds up to one of the more stunning values we have ever found. Now for the bad: the Wine Access clients who bought in last year are already believers. As a result, the previous vintage earned 80 combined 4- and 5-star reviews. While this release, at $17.99 per bottle, is sure to light up the scoreboard as well. Translation: Don’t be the one reading “sold out.”
“Best of the Best” Cool Climate Casablanca Valley Chile
In blind tastings, Chile’s best wines from cool-climate Casablanca Valley outpoint their French and American counterparts of twice the price. These include elite Cabernet Sauvignons along with a handful of the brilliant Syrahs, Sauvignon Blancs, and Chardonnays. Case in point is Casas del Bosque. Which has been hailed as the #1 Chilean Winery of the Year by the International Wine & Spirits Competition. Yet importers and retailers refuse to take notice. So for years, we treated it like an unwritten law: Nothing above $15 from Chile, period.
That was until the Casas del Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva 2015 captivated everybody around the Wine Access tasting table. Many guessed it was from the Northern Rhône. Some were convinced it was a Santa Barbara Syrah.
The amazing versatility of the Casas del Bosque reflects its unique growing environment. Like the fruit from Australia’s world-class Barossa Valley, most of Chile’s vines bask in the intense heat of a scorching sun. Which tends to produce more high-octane, jammier styles of Syrah. But the high-elevation, cool-climate Casablanca Valley also mimics the conditions of the steep slopes of Hermitage. Which enables a handful of growers to produce miniscule amounts of elegant, Old World-style Syrah.