Marquis Tasting Notes:
A family run operation and a founding member of Chile's Movement of Independent Vintners (MOVI), Kingston Family Vineyards grows Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc in the cool, coastal region of Casablanca. The family farm, just 12 km from the Pacific, had been in the family for five generations before being planted to vine in 1998. Splitting their time between northern California and Chile, the Kingstons were inspired by pioneers of cool climate reds in California, and bet that Casablanca had the terroir to achieve similar results in Chile. This Syrah is full bodied and extremely juicy. Loads of blackberry and cassis jam. Pair with grilled red meat and strong cheeses.
This wine is lush. Lots of berry fruit on the nose, along with the typically Syrah note of pepper, and a hint of meatiness, which I expect will increase with further age. In addition to all that, there’s a fresh mintiness on the palate that lifts the other, darker toned flavours. The tannins are smooth and make for a long, luxuriant finish. If it isn’t clear already, this wine was made for North African style lamb with mint sauce. A tremendous value at this price!
–Jesse Richmond, Marquis Wine Cellars
Inky ruby. Smoky dark berries, black pepper and licorice on the deeply scented nose and in the mouth. Plush and expansive, with slow-building spiciness adding back-end lift. Closes with smooth, even tannins, a touch of bitter chocolate and very good peppery persistence. Show a distinctly Old World character that I find quite interesting.
-Josh Raynolds (Tanzer Feb 2014), 90 points