Terra Rosa Malbec 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
The success of this combination is seen in the 2008 Terra Rosa, which is the darkest Terra Rosa we have produced to date; its core is so black it extends nearly to the edge of the glass. The combination of fruit from the two growing regions has yielded a wine that is both lush and focused, fruity and deep. In the mouth I find an inhiguing anise note beneath the typical dark plum fruit, which imparts a hint of spiciness. The finish is long and rich, but with a haunting lighhress in the aftertaste that is the hallmark of a good malbec. As always, Terra Rosa matches wonderfully with grilled meats, hearty pizzas and pastas, and other flavorful foods.
International Wine Cellar - "Good full ruby-red. Complex aromas of game, spices, pepper, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. Lush, rich and sweet, with malbec-typical flavors of blackberry and licorice. Broad and plush but with spine. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins. Serious malbec for the price!"
Terra Rosa Winery
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. View all Terra Rosa Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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