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Terrazas De Los Andes Grand Cabernet Sauvignon High Altitude 2017 750ml

size
750ml
country
Argentina
region
Cuyo
appellation
Mendoza
JS
96
VM
95
DC
94
JS
96
Rated 96 by James Suckling
Very aromatic with currant, floral and crushed-stone character, following through to a full body with very tight tannins and a balsamic undertone. Savory, so complex and inviting. Unique cabernet. So good now. Drink now, but will improve with age. ... More details
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Terrazas De Los Andes Grand Cabernet Sauvignon High Altitude 2017 750ml

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Professional Ratings
JS
96
VM
95
DC
94
JS
96
Rated 96 by James Suckling
Very aromatic with currant, floral and crushed-stone character, following through to a full body with very tight tannins and a balsamic undertone. Savory, so complex and inviting. Unique cabernet. So good now. Drink now, but will improve with age.
VM
95
Rated 95 by Vinous Media
Bright medium ruby. Animated aromas of cassis, dark raspberry, licorice, crushed rock and graphite, plus a note of musky espresso. Utterly seamless, pliant and deep, with strong minerality and a gravelly note contributing inner-mouth aromatic lift. This wine is balanced from the start but has the savory minerality, sweetness of fruit and sheer concentration to age slowly and well. The rising, palate-saturating finish shows an element of medicinal reserve and strong chalky minerality but no rough edges. This extraordinary young Argentine Cabernet boasts terrific juiciness and grip, and perhaps a bit more sweetness than the Grand Malbec. Technical director Philippe Moureau noted that the single-parcel wines are intended as faithful expressions of exceptional single sites but that the "Grand" series, made for the first time in vintage 2017, represents "the fullest expression of each variety--the result of combining various facets from different great terroirs.
DC
94
Rated 94 by Decanter
This Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of fruit from two estates: gravelly Los Aromos in Luján de Cuyo and sandy-loam Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley. Classic Cabernet aromas with deep cassis notes edged with blackcurrant leaf, herbs, spice and some brighter red fruit hints. The layered palate has good purity of black fruit, with a coffee-mocha edge, liquourice and anise spice, and firm but fine tannins from 12 months in French oak. Already displaying a certain degree of elegance but give it more time to evolve. Drinking Window 2021 - 2030.
Winery
Reveals black fruit notes, such as blackcurrant, as well beautiful freshness, while the rocky terroir of Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley gives wines with fire-roasted red pepper notes and hints of mint, with great structure, concentration and seductive persistence.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
Argentina
region
Cuyo
appellation
Mendoza
Overview
Rated 96 - Very aromatic with currant, floral and crushed-stone character, following through to a full body with very tight tannins and a balsamic undertone. Savory, so complex and inviting. Unique cabernet. So good now. Drink now, but will improve with age.
green grapes

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Since their conception in 18th century France, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have flourished across the Old and New Worlds and have changed the way we think about red wine forever. Their sharp and astringent nature has a wonderful ability to mellow and round with age, and when helped by being blended with Merlot and Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc varietals – as is done in Bordeaux and elsewhere – the results can be truly remarkable. What is most special about Cabernet Sauvignon grapes is the fact that they have a true affinity for oak, and when aged in barrels made of this fragrant wood, the wine which comes out of them a few years later holds an amazing array of flavors and aromas, making Cabernet Sauvignon based wines some of the most memorable in the world. Single variety bottles from the New World made from this grape are also increasing in popularity, as the strong flavors and full-bodied nature of these wines is a great match for many global cuisines.
barrel

Region: Cuyo

The region of Cuyo has been internationally associated with fine Argentinian wine for several decades, and has a wine history which stretches back centuries to the time of the original Spanish settlers, who sought areas in which to plant imported grape vines for sacramental wine production. The region contains several of Argentina's most renowned and widely appreciated provinces, including the Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan and San Luis, and the mountainous nature of this arid region provides an ideal environment for vineyard cultivation. As the mighty Desaguadero River snakes its way between the Andes, it deposits plenty of important minerals in the soil, which allow grape varietals closely associated with the Argentinian wine industry – such as Malbec – to grow to a perfect level of ripeness. As such, even in the driest areas of the Cuyo region, flavorful and fruit-forward wines are produced in impressive amounts.
fields

Country: Argentina

It is said that the first Argentinian vines were planted in the Mendoza more than four hundred years ago by European settlers, and despite these early wines being used primarily for religious purposes, the fervor for wine making never left the area. Today, Argentina is keen to demonstrate its technological prowess when it comes to vineyard cultivation, by combining traditional methods of irrigation left over from the Huarpes Indians with modern techniques in order to make the dry, arid desert an ideal environment for growing grapes. Indeed, these ancient irrigation channels, dug hundreds of years ago and still in use today, bring mineral-rich melt water from the Andes via the Mendoza river, something which gives the grapes grown in this region some of their character. The primary grape of this and other regions of Argentina is the Malbec, which is highly susceptible to rot in its native France, but which thrives in the dry and hot climate of South America, producing rich and plummy wines which are highly drinkable especially when young.
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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Since their conception in 18th century France, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have flourished across the Old and New Worlds and have changed the way we think about red wine forever. Their sharp and astringent nature has a wonderful ability to mellow and round with age, and when helped by being blended with Merlot and Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc varietals – as is done in Bordeaux and elsewhere – the results can be truly remarkable. What is most special about Cabernet Sauvignon grapes is the fact that they have a true affinity for oak, and when aged in barrels made of this fragrant wood, the wine which comes out of them a few years later holds an amazing array of flavors and aromas, making Cabernet Sauvignon based wines some of the most memorable in the world. Single variety bottles from the New World made from this grape are also increasing in popularity, as the strong flavors and full-bodied nature of these wines is a great match for many global cuisines.
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Region: Cuyo

The region of Cuyo has been internationally associated with fine Argentinian wine for several decades, and has a wine history which stretches back centuries to the time of the original Spanish settlers, who sought areas in which to plant imported grape vines for sacramental wine production. The region contains several of Argentina's most renowned and widely appreciated provinces, including the Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan and San Luis, and the mountainous nature of this arid region provides an ideal environment for vineyard cultivation. As the mighty Desaguadero River snakes its way between the Andes, it deposits plenty of important minerals in the soil, which allow grape varietals closely associated with the Argentinian wine industry – such as Malbec – to grow to a perfect level of ripeness. As such, even in the driest areas of the Cuyo region, flavorful and fruit-forward wines are produced in impressive amounts.
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It is said that the first Argentinian vines were planted in the Mendoza more than four hundred years ago by European settlers, and despite these early wines being used primarily for religious purposes, the fervor for wine making never left the area. Today, Argentina is keen to demonstrate its technological prowess when it comes to vineyard cultivation, by combining traditional methods of irrigation left over from the Huarpes Indians with modern techniques in order to make the dry, arid desert an ideal environment for growing grapes. Indeed, these ancient irrigation channels, dug hundreds of years ago and still in use today, bring mineral-rich melt water from the Andes via the Mendoza river, something which gives the grapes grown in this region some of their character. The primary grape of this and other regions of Argentina is the Malbec, which is highly susceptible to rot in its native France, but which thrives in the dry and hot climate of South America, producing rich and plummy wines which are highly drinkable especially when young.