Terrazas de los Andes Grand Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
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."