Viña Aliaga, Syrah "Helena", Navarra, Spain 2017
GLEAMING PURPLE BERRIES, PEPPERY SPICE
Syrah in southern Navarra is a long way from home, but this arid stretch of Spain is an excellent match for the Northern Rhone’s lone black grape. Brimming with powerful ripe berryish fruit, spicy aromatic intrigue, and a punch of youthfully balancing acidity, this offering from Carlos Aliaga is a reminder that in spite of his traditional and very long-lived reds, the man has a clearly defined adventurous side, driving him to work with grapes which inspire his passions even when those grapes have very little precedent in Navarra. A Wine Authorities exclusive!
Serving Suggestion: Jamón Serrano w/ lightly pickled cherry peppers. Succulent roast leg of mutton w/ halved onions, hazelnuts, & mushrooms.