Monday, March 19, 2007

A great wine...

Last night we went out for some pasta after attending a play. We visited one of our favorite pasta places near the local University, a quaint place with reliable service and rock solid food. The last time I was there I had my very first Malbec and fell in love. So in keeping with that as a new tradition, we ordered a bottle of Terrazas Reserva Malbec 2004 and were not disappointed. I've included the relevant wine info for those who care below. We paired it with some lamb, pasta, salmon and chicken and it went well with all. Some people refer to various liquors as "smooth" and that definition fits this wine. It's a wine you could drink all night long (or at least I could!). Wine and Spirits gave it a rating of 92 (for the 2004 Reserve). As a related side note, don't drink anything that gets less than an 80 as a score as a rule of thumb. It wasn't the best wine I've ever had (see Opus One) but for the money it is nearly impossible to beat by my tastes. If you are looking for a nice wine for Easter or just entertaining, give this one a serious look if you can find it.

winemaker's notes:

Colour: intense red with blue shades.

Aroma: powerful and complex. Notes of red fruit can be perceived such as raspberry, red currant and sweet plum. Further hints of vanilla and caramel, stemming from its ageing in oak barrels, add a new level of complexity to this already full and exciting aroma.

Taste: a wine with a magnificent structure that offers a sensational mouth -feel and an intensely rich flavour. Its beautifully integrated tannins make it lively and strong. Its finish is smooth and perfectly harmonious.

Consumption suggestions: a perfect accompaniment to barbecued meats, game meats and pasta dishes. It can be drunk now or laid down for up to 10 years. Serve between 16? and 18?C.

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