Aresti Reserva 2006 Maipo Valley Syrah

Posted on August 19, 2009

Aresti Family Vineyards has been growing grapes for over 50 years in the Valle Central region of Chile (primarily in the Curico Valley), but only recently began producing its own wine. They have two different tiers of wines: the Estate Selection Range and the Reserva Selection Range, which include varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.


Winery - Aresti Chile Winery

Location - Curico Valley, Chile

Wine - Aresti Reserva 2006  Maipo Valley Syrah

Grape Varieties - Syrah

Appellation - Maipo Valley

Alcohol - 14.0% v/v

Price -$11 USD


Nose/Aroma - Over-extracted red currants with a savory meatiness to it.

Palate/Flavors - Cooked red currants and blackberries intertwined with a semi-sweet caramel toffee flavor and a hint of toasted oak. Medium-bodied with a strong acid structure upfront that fades into a weak mid-palate before a long, velvety finish of plums and toffee. Very little astringency but the bitterness was quite strong, particularly in the beginning. After oxidizing for a little while, the bitterness seemed to mellow out significantly but still detracted from the wine. Oak does a good job bolstering the body, but seems to overpower the fruit more than desired.

Food Pairing - Maybe red meat, like a beef round roast with cooked vegetables.

Comments - I would have preferred riper, more upfront fruit flavors, it seemed rather over-extracted. I did enjoy the oak characteristics that were present, but they seemed to end up further diminishing the fruit flavors.