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Terrazas de los Andes’ wines come from high-altitude vineyards — it says so proper on the label, and the identify itself interprets to “terraces of the Andes.” In actual fact, the altitude of its Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards within the Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley sub-regions ranges from 3,280 to three,937 ft.
Usually, higher-altitude vineyards enable grapes to ripen extra slowly and protect acidity, though 2020 was a sizzling 12 months in Mendoza and the harvest was a number of weeks sooner than regular. The end in Terrazas de los Andes’ Cabernet is a scrumptious, fruit-forward wine with a lean magnificence that’s consuming effectively now and can get even higher with a 12 months or two of bottle age.
At $20 or so, the wine drinks effectively above its value level when it comes to complexity, exhibiting a core of darkish berry fruit interspersed with notes of herbs, leather-based, graphite, and bittersweet chocolate. Agency, dusty tannins present its youthfulness however present good construction.
Many of the wine was aged for a 12 months in French oak barrels, whereas a small a part of it frolicked in concrete vats to protect the freshness of the fruit.
It is a wine that may sing with grilled meals, from steaks and lamb to spicy pork and hen to roasted greens. It makes a convincing case for Cabernet from Argentina as a stable, cheaper various to Cabernet-based wines from Bordeaux, California, and elsewhere.