Wine Maker Notes
One would like to attribute the 2010 Terra Rosa’s unusual suppleness and richness to special weather conditions. But the truth is, the normal batterings by hail, frost, rain, and the desiccating zonda winds conspired, as usual, to reduce the crop level by 25%. So instead of figuring out how it happened – which is beyond our control in any case, let’s just enjoy the wine! Longtime Terra Rosa drinkers may notice a slightly more moderate level ofalcohol in the 2010 vintage. We have been complaining for years about Mendoza’s penchant for over-the-top, alcoholic malbecs. Given the varietal’s propensity towards high pH levels, increased alcohols can make malbecinitially impressive but ultimately flat and tiring to drink. Examples of these high scoring malbecs abound. We have embarked on a counter-trend, and beginning with 2010 we are starting to notch down the alcohol levels.Nonetheless, the 2010 Terra Rosa is, as always, intensely dark, full, and rich. But in this vintage, as we have noted, the wine is suppler and rounder in the mouth, exudes a greater degree of dark fruit flavors, and is underlain with a minerality that keeps the fruitiness in check. The wine drinks great with hearty foods and, given its suppleness, can be enjoyed on its own.