Terrazas de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) - [JS 92] [ST 90]

Terrazas de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2012
(Mendoza, Argentina) - [JS 92] [ST 90]

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Notes from the Winemaker:

Intense purplish colour with red shades. Very expressive, revealing a floral and red fruit profile of violet, raspberry and cherry, with marked aromas of toasted coffee and chocolate. Characterised by a broad and sweet mouthfeel, delicate tannins add finesse to this great Malbec.

Vintage Notes:
The 2012 vintage is characterized by a very cold winter followed by extremely high temperatures from late spring to early summer; this lead to an accelerated increase of sugar rate and a decrease of grape weight. Then, temperatures dramatically decreased therefore slowing down the ripening cycle on the vine; as a result 2012 wines are very fruity and aromatic, with an acidity found typically when the end of the summer growing season is cooler.

Food Pairing: Grilled meats such as chicken or turkey. Lamb cooked with wine sauce. Grilled vegetables and red oily fish.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - James Suckling:
"This is seamless with extremely fine tannins and gorgeous subtle dark fruits with black licorice. Hints of nuts too. Drink or hold." - (June 11th, 2014)

90 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"Full red with ruby highlights. Blackberry, mocha and coffee on the nose, plus a hint of licorice pastille. Silky-smooth and sweet, even thick, but with enticing floral lift to the very ripe flavors of cherry, currant and mocha. Finishes with broad, sweet, building tannins and noteworthy richness. (I should note that an earlier sample of at least equal quality seemed much more tightly wound and primary, and showed a cooler character to its fruit. Its tannins were very suave, but this sample's clarity and energy suggested that it will need a couple years of additional cellaring.)" - Stephen Tanzer (January 2015)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Warm, earthy, jammy berry aromas are oaky and bring a note of latex into the fold. This chunky Malbec is tannic and grabby, with oaky flavors of black plum and vanilla set against herbal undertones. Spice, chocolate, carob and drawing tannins create a bold but rough finish." - Michael Schachner (4/1/2015)

92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2011 vintage):
"(aged in an 80/20 blend of French and American oak, 30% new): Bright ruby-red. Sexy, musky aromas of plum, currant, tobacco leaf, chocolate and smoke, complicated by roasted fruit and floral nuances (I might have guessed cabernet sauvignon!). Plush, broad and sweet; fuller than the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, conveying an impression of thickness without excess weight. Finishes very long and seamless, with wonderfully ripe tannins and lingering sweetness of fruit." - Stephen Tanzer (Mar/Apr 2014)

91 Points - James Suckling (2011 vintage):

"Aromas of dark berries, tar, lead pencil, and blood. Fascinating nose. Full body, yet refined with silky tannins and a long flavorful finish of black pepper, spice and dark berries. Better in 2015 but already beautiful." (June 11, 2014)