Las Moras 2008 Finca Pedernal Malbec (Pedernal Valley)
With this bottling, Las Moras has put out a top-flight wine from the San Juan region. This is woody on the nose, with strong vanilla and chocolate aromas. A tight palate rides on a rail of acidity, while flavors of cassis, plum and oak finish long and lemony. Drink through 2016.
Las Moras 2002 Mora Negra Red (Tulum Valley)
Fully oaked, so the nose deals plenty of coffee and maple. Under that there’s vibrant red-cherry and cassis flavors amid firm tannins. The finish is solid and spicy, with chocolate folded in. Although it is a bit gritty and hard now, each additional month you hold it the hardness will dissipate. Made of 70% Malbec…
Las Moras 2009 Mora Negra Red (Pedernal Valley)
This is an inky, minty smelling Malbec-based blend (with 30% Bonarda), offering wild berry, resiny oak and vanilla aromas. A tight palate with a healthy acid level provides cut and definition, while flavors of baked black fruits come across woody and finish with heat and a chocolaty flavor.
Las Moras 2005 Mora Negra Red (Tulum Valley)
Big and broad, with a touch of peanut and leather as well as feisty black-fruit aromas. This represents Finca Las Moras’ top effort in La Rioja. It’s 70% Malbec and 30% Bonarda, and the result is a forward blend with tantalizing berry flavors and a juicy, aggressive character. Very satisfying and fairly long on the…
Las Moras 2004 Mora Negra Red (Tulum Valley)
Finca Las Moras is getting fancy with this proprietary blend of Malbec and Bonarda, and with good results. The wine offers earthy, heavily wooded aromas in front of generous black cherry and chocolate flavors. It’s a saturated, superripe wine that may miss a beat or two along the tour but has its positives.
Las Moras 2004 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz (San Juan)
Smooth and ripe, with woody aromas of toasted coconut and vanilla. The palate is all black cherry and cassis, while the finish is smooth and easy, with a light wave of mocha at the base. Overall it’s an integrated wine with balance.
Las Moras 2006 Sauvignon Blanc (San Juan)
Sauvignon Blanc is far from being Argentina’s signature grape, so the fact that this one from San Juan province is legitimate, crisp and varietally correct is impressive. Beyond that, the wine delivers true lime, passion fruit and citrus aromas and flavors. Fresh and easy to like.
Las Moras 2004 Shiraz (San Juan)
Sturdy and solid, with some leather and spice to the nose. Loud and racy on the palate, with some heat and spice on the back side. This is yet another solid, forward wine from Argentina, and for the money you can’t really go wrong.
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