Wine Review: Terrazas De Los Andes Malbec Reserva Mendoza 2011

terrazas malbecThe quality of Malbec coming out of Argentina can be uneven, but this one is flat-out gorgeous.

Sumptuous dark, berry aromas are bolstered with raisin, and lightly-charred oak, packed with dill, dried herbs and floral notes to top it off. Interesting and complex. The lush, soft, round palate adds chocolate to the picture. Despite the ripeness of the fruit, the wine is not ponderous but has sufficient acidity to give it a racy aspect. The tannins are ripe and smooth with a short but pleasant finish. 12-14 months on 50% new French oak.

Graceful yet sexy, a real crowd pleaser. If you need a wine to take to a party this is an excellent choice.

Sometimes there really is a perfect match of wine and song—the carnal energy of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get it On is just right.

Score: 92

Price: $18 at Wine Chateau

Alc. 14%

Review based on an industry sample

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