2006 Terrenal Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Terrenal Mendoza Cabernet SauvignonPrice: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by L. Watson Inc.

What They Said:

Per Daniel Rogov “Dark ruby towards garnet, with soft tannins, hints of spices and a note of chocolate highlighting blackberry and black cherry fruits. Round and appealing, a very good entry-level wine. Drink now.” Score 86. K (Tasted 9 Oct 2008)

What I Think:

I’ve been looking forward to posting this one as it has been a rewarding experience thanks to Shimshon of Welner Wines! From the bottle I was able to track this to Vinas Argentinas which led me to Telteca Winery. From there I emailed the contact us info and Shimshon responded with the wealth of information I am about to share. Didn’t even have to use the other information at my disposal (hand harvested for the Cartellone Family and Jose Pedro Gomez was the winemaker)

The first item of note is that this predominately sells under the Tierra Salvaje label. I’ve had a Carmenere ($4) from them at Trader Joe’s a while back. Tried to track down my tasting notes but not much there. My recollection is that it was good but not great.

As for this one specifically, Terranal (from the label) is a cousin of the term terroir and means earthy. Given I have a Cab from Ruca Malen (btw, if you ever visit Mendoza be sure to have their wine pairing lunch. Fantastic!) I picked up on my trip to Argentina in ’06 I considered this a free preview. On sight, the wine is dark but the nose brings me light raspberry fruit notes with a bit of tannin. It certainly lacks the California Cab characteristics you might expect so prepare yourself. The initial taste is familiar but what…something, can’t place it! A nice tannic backbone and a pleasant mid-palate full of plum and cherry flavors. The only disappointment is that there was little from a finish perspective. All in all, for $4 this is a great introduction to what Cabernet from another región is all about; lighter, fruitier and less tanic. Give it a try. I’m going to grab another bottle. They also have a Malbec in stock which I intend to drink/review soon. Stay tuned…

Rating: 12th Bottle

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16 thoughts on “2006 Terrenal Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Definately the Terrenal Cab is worth the 4 bucks- try to find another kosher wine at that price that is drinkable , let alone exists. I have bought some of the Tierra Salvaje at a closeout from earlier vintages and it was undrinkable, but this the 2009 you can be happy to serve I just purchased the Malbec and can’t wait to see what its like.. L’Chaim Chevra ( thank you T-J’s)

  2. @Harlan Very good insight that I had not considered. Within the realm of kosher wines I can see how this would have an entirely different value proposition. Hopefully you enjoyed the Malbec as well!

  3. Please send my comment to Harlan.
    The South American Tierra Salvaje 2001-2003 are too old.
    Our Spanish Tierra Salvaje 2001-2003 are still good if they were kept in the proper enviroment.
    Our newest TS 2009 whites and 2008 reds are very good and you can find them at http://www.kosherwine.com for $4.99. Please let me know how they are after you try.
    Best regards
    Shimshon Welner

  4. The 2009 Terrenal Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec are both under the hasgacha of the OU and are of course kosher for passover. They are Mevushal and have aseconadry (or primary depending on how you see things) hashgacha that I cannot read, because it is so small.

    The Cab is OK, but the Malbec is nice. Drink up, as these wines may live a year still, but are not meant for cellaring.

    Finally, I live in Northern California, and the Trader Joes by us has tons of these two wines. We call them the “Kosher 2 Buck Chuck”, which of course makes NO SENSE, as even the original 2 buck chuck is now three dollars, and of course, this is not made by Charles Shaw.

    Maybe a better name would be “Four Buck Shim”, who knows….

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