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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Terra Rosa Malbec 2003
Terra Rosa Malbec 2003
(search item no. 96443)

PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $8.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Harvested from ancient vines on the slopes of the Andes Mountains, comes Terra Rosa Malbec: a glass-staining wine with a lovely and exotically perfumed nose. Patrick Campbell, owner/winemaker, heads down to Argentina five times per year to oversee vineyard management and to control harvest and fermentation activities. After the fermentations are finished, the wine is brought up to our California winery (Laurel Glen) by ship in temperature-controlled 24,000 liter stainless steel containers to age in French and European oak barrels for 15 months.

Terra Rosa Malbec is a BIG and juicy mouthful of wine, with a lashing of very sexy oak. We didn't set out to make this vintage in such a crowd-pleasing style: the vintage dictated the result, and it is really delicious….at once rich and powerful and with the delicate, long finish which the best malbecs display! The year was warm, and trouble-free. No rot, no hail, just nice warm days with the typically quite cool evenings. These conditions resulted in full ripening at higher than normal sugars, while still maintaining balance and finesse.

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About Terra Rosa:

Terra Rosa originates in the ancient Mendoza vineyards. The vineyard is under the ownership of Patrick and Faith Campbell, owners of Laurel Glen in Northern California. The two began farming in Laurel Glen in 1977 and now have crops in three locations in northern California, Sonoma County and Mendoza, Argentina.

Patrick heads down to Argentina five times per year to oversee vineyard management and, along with co-winemaker Ray Kaufman, to control harvest and fermentation activities. After the fermentations are finished, the wine is brought up to our California winery by ship in temperature-controlled 24,000 liter stainless steel containers to age in French and European oak barrels for 15 months. In short, Terra Rosa is under our direct control from vineyard through bottling. The result: a cabernet blended with 25% Malbec, delicious, complex, deep: a far more sophisticated wine than its reasonable price suggests.