(2012 Vintage) From our La Finca estate, in the Apalta Valley, the 1999 vintage was our first Syrah. This is the scarcest of our Alpha wines. Yields are very low at only 6 tonnes per hectare. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for one year and has only one soft filtering. In the manner of Rhone producers, Aurelio adds a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, also originating from Apalta, and some Viognier, to the final mixture. Of intense ruby red color, it has a great aroma with floral, tobacco and leather notes. Strong and full-bodied on the palate, with soft and mature tannins. A very long, elegant and satisfying aftertaste. A superb Syrah.
Wine SpectatorRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/98