2005 Andeluna Reserve – 3-way Round-up Review

Taking its name from it surroundings of the Andes Mountain range and the moon – this winery out of Argentina has given my palate a fever and the only perspcription is more of its reserve wines for an MSRP of $20. I’ve often held the Mendoz region of Argentina as a fine area for Malbec, however, this round-up of two other bordeaux grapes prove to me that it’s as serious as a heart attack about Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as well.

2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – W.E.P. Rating: 125%

Technical Information
Alcohol: 14.1 %
Residual Sugar: 1.80 g/l
Varietal Composition: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Malbec
Harvest Date: 4/20/05
Total Acidity: 5.60 g/l
PH: 3.66
Cases Produced: 2,039
Nose: Gaminess, black fruit, asphalt, road tar, blackberry pie and chewing tobacco.
Taste: Who turned on the blackberry slurpee fountain and then spilled it all over a freshly-paved road that had road-kill on it? Cascading black fruit topples your palate with lots of pleasure and then gets nicely reigned in by vanilla, pomagranate, pencil lead and ink. Excellent, long finish that lingers on for days – an excellent Cab that easily out-classes many cabs out of Napa at double the price.

Technical Data:

  • Alcohol: 14.1 %
  • Residual Sugar: 1.80 g/l
  • Varietal Composition: 91%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec
  • Harvest Date: 4/20/05
  • Total Acidity: 5.60 g/l
  • PH: 3.66
  • Cases Produced: 2,039
  • Price: $20

Nose: Gaminess, black fruit, asphalt, road tar, blackberry pie and chewing tobacco.

Taste: Who turned on the blackberry slurpee fountain and then spilled it all over a freshly-paved road that had road-kill on it? Cascading black fruit topples your palate with lots of pleasure and then gets nicely reigned in by vanilla, pomagranate, pencil lead and ink. Excellent, long finish that lingers on for days – an excellent Cab that easily out-classes many cabs out of Napa at double the price.

2005 Reserve Merlot – W.E.P. Rating: 120%

Technical Data:

  • Alcohol: 14.3%
  • Residual Sugar: 1.80 g/l
  • Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
  • Harvest Date: 4/2/05
  • Total Acidity: 5.30 g/l
  • PH: 3.62
  • Cases Produced: 1,563
  • Price: $20

Nose: Chalk, black cherries, blackberries, plums and spice – some good amounts of pie crust

Taste: Pepper-spiced black fruits with a healthy dose of show leather, spicey pinecone, black licorice, and subtle hints of toasted vanilla on the back-end make this a very enjoyable merlot. An excellent finish that begs for a lamb shank.

2005 Reserve Malbec – W.E.P. Rating: 150%

Technical Data:

  • Alcohol: 13.7 %
  • Residual Sugar: 1.80 g/l
  • Varietal Composition: 95% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Harvest Date: 4/13/06
  • Total Acidity: 5.20 g/l
  • PH: 3.75
  • Cases Produced: 3,842
  • Price: $20

Nose: Once again with the gaminess I found in the cab – this wine has a very nice boquet of black plums, white/black pepper, charred peppers and nice hints of fresh coffee grounds.

Taste: Fire-roasted bell peppers, coffee grounds, black plums, bubble gum, dirt, mud, poo and cascading spice that seems to come in selective waves. A great finish that helps reaffirm why this region of the world is on fire for Malbec. Easily one of the best Malbec’s I’ve ever had.

Winery website: www.andeluna.com