Thursday, April 19, 2012

Updated WIne Notes: Vina Tacama Terroix, Ica, Peru, 2007

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Initial review, by way of background: This is an unexpectedly interesting experience for me, a Peruvian red blend of malbec and tannat, called Vina Tacama Terroix, Ica, Peru, 2007, finished at 14.% alcohol.  This one is not generally available in the U.S.  Thanks Dave & Pierina!

In the glass: Medium red with ruby highlights.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this red blend from Peru shows bold, new-wine scents of helium balloon (that will disperse with a little air), and, behind that, roasted and grilled red berries. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a uniquely peppery, round and dry mid-palate, light to the touch, but sleek and clean   Fruits are red berries and  currants.  The wine finishes with a light acidic top note, just right for pairing with meats or dishes with light tomato sauces.

In summary: Overall, a quite pleasant light- to mid-red experience from a wine region few of us have had the opportunity to experience.

Following long decant, several days kept cool in a partially filled bottle:   More oxidized now on the nose.  Interestingly, though, the palate actually thickens a bit, becoming husky and deep.

Updated review, over a year later,  April, 2012:  Consistent color.  The nose is a bit oxidized now, showing some broccoli.  The light vegetable note remains on the palate, but the overall tone is balanced and mid-red.  

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    David and Lin Schneider
    Los Organos, Peru

  2. Happy to do so, I enjoyed seeing your site on all things Peru!