Kent’s Pick: 2016 Eyzaguirre Syrah, $9.99

You can’t miss this bottle, because it’s one of two in the shop that are wrapped in burlap, the other being the Eyzaguirre Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s an homage to the time when the wines of Chile were transported in horse-drawn carts and the burlap was used to protect wines. There are a number of very good wines being made in Chile, and the region is having success with both red and white grapes. When I poured the wine into my glass, the first thing I noticed was the color. This wine is not dark and inky like many of the Syrahs we see, it is slightly translucent revealing its lighter body. The wine is aged in stainless steel and does not spend any time in oak. On the nose, the wine shows strawberry, light cherry and brambly blueberry. On the palate the wine has nice balance and soft texture, and shows blueberries, raspberry, dark cherry with a touch of spice on the back-end. Being a touch lighter than most Syrahs, this wine is an excellent pairing for pork or with cheese and meat appetizers.