Terrazas de Los Andes

Cheval des Andes Mendoza Malbec Blend

9.2462 ratings
9.169 pro ratings
Mendoza, Cuyo, Argentina
Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Shawn R

A go to when buying off a restaurant wine list.

A go to when buying off a restaurant wine list.

Aug 11th, 2018
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9.3

(14.6% alcohol; just 15% new oak; 100% from estate vines, about three-quarters from the rockiest portion of the company's Las Compuertas vineyard and the rest from Altamira): Bright ruby-red. Very fresh black and blue fruits, menthol, spices and licorice on the nose and palate, complicated by mint, minerals and medicinal herbs (the Cabernet Sauvignon is apparent here). Still a baby but already displays a Malbec juiciness and firm underlying structure. Suave in texture, offering noteworthy delicacy and clarity. Winemaker Lorenzo Pasquini cut back substantially on new oak in 2014 (he normally uses 30% to 50%) and used only French barrels. Not a large-scaled wine but refreshing, suave, complex and intense, with lovely cut. Finishes with excellent spicy length, round tannins and hints of licorice and black olive. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2018)

(14.6% alcohol; just 15% new oak; 100% from estate vines, about three-quarters from the rockiest portion of the company's Las Compuertas vineyard and the rest from Altamira): Bright ruby-red. Very fresh black and blue fruits, menthol, spices and licorice on the nose and palate, complicated by mint, minerals and medicinal herbs (the Cabernet Sauvignon is apparent here). Still a baby but already displays a Malbec juiciness and firm underlying structure. Suave in texture, offering noteworthy delicacy and clarity. Winemaker Lorenzo Pasquini cut back substantially on new oak in 2014 (he normally uses 30% to 50%) and used only French barrels. Not a large-scaled wine but refreshing, suave, complex and intense, with lovely cut. Finishes with excellent spicy length, round tannins and hints of licorice and black olive. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2018)

Jul 25th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

This is their flagship wine. The 2013 is a blend of 70% Malbec, 25% Cabernet & 5% Petite Verdot.

On the nose, beautiful, elegant, ruby dark currants. The are fruits; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries with cherries on the glass edge. Sweet tarry notes, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, dark rich soil, dark medium spice, loamy soil, dry clay, soft leather with dark red florals and dark fields of violets.

On the palate, the body is round, lush and full. The tannins are; dark, rounded, the lighter side of meaty and velvety. The ruby, elegant, lush fruits are; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries & cherries. Sweet tarry notes, used dark roast expresso grounds, black licorice, dark fruit cola, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, dark rich soil, dark medium spice, loamy soil, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, soft leather with dark red florals and bright dark violets. The; structure, length, tension and balance have a ways to go but show great promise. The long, beautiful, rich, ripe, ruby, elegant, well balanced goes on & on for minutes. Great wine that will continue to improve and should slumber for 8-10 years before opening.

Photos of, Terrazas de Los Andes. The bank style vault door that is made from stainless steel tanks that leads into their tasting room. Bar stools again made out of stainless steel tanks and our host for our tasting behind their tasting bar.

This is their flagship wine. The 2013 is a blend of 70% Malbec, 25% Cabernet & 5% Petite Verdot.

On the nose, beautiful, elegant, ruby dark currants. The are fruits; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries with cherries on the glass edge. Sweet tarry notes, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, dark rich soil, dark medium spice, loamy soil, dry clay, soft leather with dark red florals and dark fields of violets.

On the palate, the body is round, lush and full. The tannins are; dark, rounded, the lighter side of meaty and velvety. The ruby, elegant, lush fruits are; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries & cherries. Sweet tarry notes, used dark roast expresso grounds, black licorice, dark fruit cola, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, dark rich soil, dark medium spice, loamy soil, dry clay, dry crushed rocks, soft leather with dark red florals and bright dark violets. The; structure, length, tension and balance have a ways to go but show great promise. The long, beautiful, rich, ripe, ruby, elegant, well balanced goes on & on for minutes. Great wine that will continue to improve and should slumber for 8-10 years before opening.

Photos of, Terrazas de Los Andes. The bank style vault door that is made from stainless steel tanks that leads into their tasting room. Bar stools again made out of stainless steel tanks and our host for our tasting behind their tasting bar.

May 1st, 2018
Stefan Dolhain

2013 vintage. A big step forward with this vintage in terms of elegance, complexity and length. Impressive indeed.

2013 vintage. A big step forward with this vintage in terms of elegance, complexity and length. Impressive indeed.

Dec 1st, 2017
Robert McCall

Pours a deep deep purple with soaring aromas of dark fruit, eucalyptus, and some game. Brooding dark berry/plum, cracked pepper, and that gaminess bringing up the rear. Good start as a lead off batter for our Thanksgiving lineup.

Pours a deep deep purple with soaring aromas of dark fruit, eucalyptus, and some game. Brooding dark berry/plum, cracked pepper, and that gaminess bringing up the rear. Good start as a lead off batter for our Thanksgiving lineup.

1 person found it helpfulNov 23rd, 2017
Adam Jesberger

"A Grand Cru of the Andes" Im not a huge Malbec fan but this 50/50 malbec and cab sauv blend is fabulous. Still a bit tight but in a few more years this will be a knockout beyond what it already is. Blackberry Jam and dusty earth notes. Brambly fruit on the finish with a cinnamon and clove like finish that is long lasting. With time, a fig like overtone became more prominent with some coffee and brûlée like character.

"A Grand Cru of the Andes" Im not a huge Malbec fan but this 50/50 malbec and cab sauv blend is fabulous. Still a bit tight but in a few more years this will be a knockout beyond what it already is. Blackberry Jam and dusty earth notes. Brambly fruit on the finish with a cinnamon and clove like finish that is long lasting. With time, a fig like overtone became more prominent with some coffee and brûlée like character.

1 person found it helpfulNov 29th, 2015
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

8.8

Solid wine with good earthy component that paired well with variety of dishes.

Solid wine with good earthy component that paired well with variety of dishes.

1 person found it helpfulNov 29th, 2015
Andrew Davidoff

The best Argentinian I have ever tasted. 50/50 Malbec/Cabernet - admirable. I will buy for my cellar.

The best Argentinian I have ever tasted. 50/50 Malbec/Cabernet - admirable. I will buy for my cellar.

1 person found it helpfulAug 6th, 2014
Winston Biltz

What a great wine . Collaboration between Chateau Cheval and terrazas !

What a great wine . Collaboration between Chateau Cheval and terrazas !

1 person found it helpfulMay 10th, 2014
Kevin Ortzman

Big dark "red" fruit with high alcohol. Quite fruity and balanced.

Big dark "red" fruit with high alcohol. Quite fruity and balanced.

Sep 18th, 2016