2006 Terrazas de los Andes Malbec

Price: $8.99 @ K&L Wines imported by Schieffelin & Co

What They Said:

Per K&L Wines “Its deep dark violet color prepares you for the wonderful aromatics of this value-packed Malbec. On the nose mingle blackberries, plums, strawberries and more violets, while the palate is soft and refreshing, with a concentrated fruit core along with licorice notes and savory tannins. Oh so easy to drink, too!”

And the wine spectator had this to say; “A fresh, easygoing style, with raspberry and briar notes backed by a touch of toast. Drink now. 44,000 cases imported.” – James Molesworth, June 4, 2007 (85 points, $10)

What I Think:

I had this wine with some friends, turkey tacos and a bottle of 2006 Alamos Malbec which was the first wine from this evening to be written up. For this to make the most sense probably best to check that one first.

In comparison to the Alamos this wine was much more complex. On opening the bottle this wine was a little closed. You could get traces of darker fruit but the tannins and spices were more forward. On initial taste the palate reflected much of the same, you could see the fruit was there but was having difficulty making it to the forefront. We opened both of these together and sampled side by side and I believe we were all unanimously in favor of the Alamos in the early going. As this started to get some air and begin to open that tune would begin to change. The fruit began to come through showing layers of darkness, at times it seemed like blackberry and then more like raspberry. The tannins began to fade a bit and a much better integrated wine started to appear. The Alamos was beginning to lose its faithful. By the end of the night we had a split decision. Ideally you can take both of these home and try this exercise on your own. I know I’d like to give it another try. If forced to decide you can’t go wrong with either, but if this is your choice make sure to let it get some air. I always hate finding myself over half way through a bottle before I realize what I really have.

Rating: Buy It