Saturday, June 6, 2009

Terra Sparkling Malbec, Mendoza, 2008

It is summer. You and some friends are playing Ultimate in the park at midday. Trees, paths and grass are all damp from yesterday's rain, but it's hot now, naturally. All around, the smell of cooking meat, barbecue sauce, and perfectly roasted fennel, onions and tomatoes wafts from multiple grills. Someone calls a stop to the game of frisbee, maybe you, and opens a bottle of... what? Many things will do, but what for this occasion?

Enter the 2008 Terra Sparkling Malbec, produced in Mendoza in Argentina, a deep liquid ruby swirl in the glass. Loaded with blueberries and blackberries on the nose, leading to more rich black fruit and currants in the mouth with hints of black pepper and earth. The delicate perlage is reminiscent of a fine Champagne, backed by silky tannins culminating in a clean finish. Terra makes a great aperitif, and pairs with hors d'oeuvres, roast pork, or roast chicken, but I would bring out bigger guns (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah) for heavier meats or real barbecue. $10.


Erzs said...

I just had this wine last night. We were a little unsure about what we should expect and did not have high first sip, I thought is was just ok. I was comparing it to champagne or a rose...then I had another sip...and another...and another...and I started to "taste" the wine differently. First, the color is spectacular, a fantastic ruby red, then the flavor started to unfold, berries, honey, and a little floral. By my second glass I declared my love. I love it. It is delicate and beautiful.

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