2009 Viniterra "Terra" Sparkling Malbec

SKU #1061800

I'm a born skeptic (not a bad thing to be in this business). Anyway, when a distributor recently told me he has a sparkling Malbec, I could not believe that it would be anything other than a sweet, overly fruity, alcoholic mess. However, what I tasted instead was a 12.5% abv, wonderfully balanced wine, full of Malbec's berry flavors, and balanced sweetness. Think somewhere between a Bugey Cerdon and a not too sweet, artisan grape soda, and you'll get the idea here. Sound delicious? It is. Recently I cracked open a bottle at a pre-Thanksgiving Turkey feast; needless to say the bottle was drained quickly. Try this for a wonderful taste of something festive and different over the holiday season. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5