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.— M.S.
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…— M.S.
Full, dark berry aromas come with no shortage of minty oak and toast. The wine is full-bodied, ripe and solidly structured. Flavors of boysenberry and blackberry come across fresh and juicy, while a finish full of minty oak, spice and peppery flavors is voluminous and deals lots of kick.— M.S.
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.— M.S.
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…— M.S.
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.— M.S.
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.— M.S.
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.— M.S.