It is a happy moment when I find a new wine that surprises with more than expected taste at alower than anticipated price. This Malbec from Terrazas is one of those rare surprises. My recent tasting of this rich Argentine red led my thoughts directly back to Cahors, France, the traditional home base of old world Malbec. The French Malbecs have a dry undertone of cured tobacco leafiness with a firm tannin and dark tart damson plum flavor. In Argentina, Malbec has emerged with the intense sun and sandy soil to become an aromatic celebrity with a lush fat rich fruitiness and soft texture, often leaving it quite ordinary. Terrazas has found, in this Reserva, a rightful balance of French deep character and Argentine berry brightness. What a great combination! I found real tasting enjoyment in... musky aromas of plum and ripe fig, wood smoke, dark chocolate and a signature array of briary, herbal grassy notes that gives Malbec a distinctive character. A floral rose flower fragrance added to the bouquet. A dense,full-flavor of darker fruit seems comfortable with a tannic thickness that never gets excessive. This is a wine of young character that has great aging potential. Give it a few years in your cellar and you will be enchanted by its maturity. However, I like how approachable it is now and I'll pair it this summer with a grilled tenderloin topped with melted blue cheese. - Bill McCleary
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