Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml
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Well-rounded, with lively acidity to the red currant, boysenberry and dried raspberry flavors. Cedary notes fill the chewy finish that lengthens out nicely, with hints of citrus peel. Drink now through 2018. 1,600 cases made.
The 2011 Terroir Series Malbec Finca Ambrosia is pure Malbec from the Gualtallary vineyards belonging to Finca Ambrosía (whose wines I also tasted this time). As is the norm in the Terroir Series, the grapes fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in new French oak barrels for 18 months. The bottle I tasted from was a little reduced, so energetic decanting might be a good idea. It took time to reveal subtle floral aromas and wild berries, with perfectly integrated oak and a sense of harmony and elegance that surpasses the other wine from the Terroir Series. The palate is austere, serious with the chalky minerality, very fine tannins and great balance. One benchmark Malbec form Gualtallary that is seductive, elegant and mineral. Amazing that a top-scorer is still very good value for the quality it delivers. 20,000 bottles were produced. I tasted a wide range of reliable wines from Trapiche, including a completely new line Mar & Pampa from the Buenos Aires province. Oak Cask is sold in Argentina and Reserva. In general, they are moving toward less oak, especially in the Broquel range and also using more indigenous yeasts (easier in the lower volume wines), which show good typicity and value. The Terroir series has finally settled to three single vineyards, Coletto, Orellana and Ambrosia. I also spent some time in Mendoza with technical director Daniel Pi and his team, visited some vineyards in the Uco Valley, tasted some old vintages and visited their impressive facilities in Mendoza, which include the largest fermenting vessel in the world, a 5.2-million tank that was built to replicate the volume of wine that was loaded into a train to be transported to Buenos Aires during the era of high wine consumption in the 1970s.