Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: **+ $$ Terrazas De Los Andes Cabernet Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina, 2003


Original review and notes, March, 2007: This Argentinian cabernet is an unusual color: something between Concord grape-juice-purple and dark-blood-red. The nose is one of mild cabernet, with a whiff of clean linens and just a touch of broccoli. The taste is forward and distinct, almost suggesting a dark burgundy-color rose, where the sweetness from the rose has been entirely removed. The sugar-free rose petals come through your palate on the tanins, leaving you wondering again what it was you just encountered. Definitely interesting and engaging, not drawing you in so much as really making you wonder. More sweet fruit opens up very late in the experience, making me think this may still open up. Let's see what this is like when it has a bit of time to air...

After almost three hours in a wide decanter, the flavor is all-over-the-mouth big inky fruit. The wine seemed to get simpler, though, somewhat less interesting overall. But still a nice 2*+ experience.

For comparison, here's what Wine Spectator (WS) said, giving it a 90: "Big, with flashy coconut and vanilla toast leading the way for ripe blackberry, fig and mocha flavors. Nearly heady, but with lots of suave, creamy fruit on the finish. Drink now through 2006. 26,000 cases made."
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Updated review, four and a half years later, October, 2011, now 8 years from vintage date:  Black magenta in the glass, opaque from about a quarter of an inch from the edge.  Still fresh broccoli on the nose.  More broccoli on the palate than fruit, though when the fruit arrives, it arrives with a dose of rose petal aromatics.  Outstanding if you're all about broccoli and rose petals.  Otherwise, remains a two star experience.  Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle: Fresh and bold nose, less vegetable.  Served cool, the palate shows better balance now.  Nudges towards three stars. 

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