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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2005
Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2005
(search item no. 90804)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $17.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Intense red, brilliant with blue shades.

Aroma: Powerful and very complex. Notes of red fruits such as raspberry, red currant and plum are perceived. Aromas of vanilla and caramel stem from its aging in oak barrels.

Taste: Of great structure, this wine stands out for its meatiness and intense rich flavor. Its well-established tannins give it character and a lively personality. Its greasy and round finish makes it a kind wine.

Serving suggestions: Enjoy the 2005 Reserva Malbec with red meats, both oven-cooked and barbecued, meats with sauce, game meats, etc.

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About Terrazas de los Andes:

At the end of the 1950s, the famous French Champagne house, Moët & Chandon, realized there was an enormous potential for growth in South America. They sent their wine analyst, Renaud Poirier, to study the possibility of expansion. Monsieur Poirier finally proved that Luján de Cuyo, a region within the province of Mendoza, was the best place for the birth of fine wines. In 1960, Chandon Argentina was established, the first subsidiary of Moët & Chandon outside France.

To make the Terrazas de los Andes wines, Chandon Argentina took the initiative to restore this building, located in the heart of Perdriel and at the foot of the imposing Cordón del Plata (a section of the Andes Mountain Range).

In the past, Chandon Argentina made only sparkling and generic still wines, however at the beginning of the '90s fueled by a political system more orientated towards an international market, a varietal wines project was born, to which Terrazas has now become the reality. Situated in Perdriel there is an old Spanish style winery that was used by Pedro Domecq to create his brandy. Renaud Poirier asked Domecq if he could use his equipment to make the first experimental vintages, between 1957 and 1959. Thirty years later Terrazas de los Andes was born, a tributary of Chandon Argentina dedicated exclusively to the production of varietal wines.