Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2005

Two intertwined themes have weaved their antithetical spell through this weblog.  The positive one is my undying love of (well, admiration for) Malbec, especially from Argentina.  The negative, is my ongoing apprehension of the capability of Costco to buy, store, and sell decent wines.

Tonight I am brewing a cauldron full of controversy by mixing a finger of Malbec with leg of Costco, eye of newt and toe of frog.  Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble…..

On the terrace (or balcony) - Malbec

Maybe I shouldn’t have been so worried.  This Malbec is 14% alcohol, full bodied and very “New World”, but it is still a Malbec and it is good stuff.  Maybe Costco is moving up in my estimation.

Costco charged me £7.39 plus VAT = £8.68 – heady price for an Argentinean wine, normally amongst the best value in the world.  I tired to find a comparator for this Witches’ brew online and the best price I could find was £10.99 at Drinks Direct so Costco definitely lives up to its low price reputation.

The wine tasted quite bitter at first, but fruity.  I normally find cherries and dark chocolate in Malbecs and this one is no exception.  Interesting notes of dry roast peanuts add complexity.  Full flavoured and hedonistic to the extreme.  If you like full bodied, new world Malbecs, you will love this.  If you prefer something a little more subtle, I’d try a little scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, Witches’ mummy, maw and gulf, whatever that is……

2 Responses to “Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2005”

  1. Confessions of a Wino » Blog Archive » Linen at Manchester 235 Says:

    […] Château Cheval Blanc, the incredibly famous and well respected (and priced) St. Emilion, and Terrazas de los Andes.  Apparently some knowledgeable (and rich) dining party had cleaned them out of this […]

  2. Alastair Bathgate Says:

    I just noticed this very wine on the Gaucho Grill wine list at an eye-watering £36.55 per bottle. That’s a whopping 321% mark up. Wow!

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