Zapallar Syrah 2016, Outer Limits by Montes, Chile
From one coastal wine to another, several thousand miles away in Chile, only this time it is 100% Syrah, the wine of choice in the Northern Rhone. Somewhat dark and quite intense ripe black berry fruit with an overlay of smokiness. Aurelio Montes makes a point of planting wines at the edge of their comfort zone — hence the Outer Limits description — which is a sound practice as often the best wine comes from vines that have to struggle for sustenance. This wine is ideal with red meat or game.