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Elsa Bianchi Syrah 2010


Elsa Bianchi Syrah exhibits fine aromas of sour cherry and cherry stand out from a background of smoked spices.  In the mouth, the complexity of French and American oak, and a firm and balanced structure join together to produce a wine true to the varietal character of the grape.  The same cherry flavors first discovered in the nose are found on the palate, and linger through the long, pleasing finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this single-vineyard wine come from Valentin Bianchi's Dona Elsa Estate of 140 hectares, situated in Rama Caida, San Rafael, Mendoza, around 760 meters above sea level. One of the coolest areas in San Rafael, the soil in Rama Caida is of sandy calcareous composition and alluvial origins. Hand-picked and twice sorted by hand, the grapes go through the classical crushing and fermentation. Ten- to 20-percent of the juice is bled off (saignee) before maceration to increase the skin-to-juice ratio. There is minimal French and American oak aging in an effort to keep fruit fresh, lively and prominent, with a further one month's aging in bottle.

Serving Hints
This wine is especially compatible with lamb, smoked meats and hearty mushroom sauces.

PRODUCER: Valentin Bianchi S.A.
COUNTRY: Argentina
REGION: San Rafael, Mendoza
SUGAR: 5.37 g/l
PH: 3.72
ALCOHOL: 14.1%

Press Highlights

2008: 89 Pts - Patterson's The Tasting Panel Magazine, Nov, 2009
2004: '5 Stars' - Restaurant Wine Guide, Apr. 2006
2004: 'Best Budget Wine' - Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, Apr. 2006
2003: 'Best 75 Wine Values From Around the World' - Wine Spectator, Sept. 2004

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