Las Moras was a recommendation from a good friend's mother, and I haven't yet ventured into the realm of Argentinean Shiraz, so I decided to go for it. She had given me two picks, and I originally had the other in hand at the liquor store, but I was swayed by (what else?) the label. The other label looked like someone had typed it up in Word '98 and printed it off their ink jet. I realize I am being shallow here, so in a lame attempt to seem more substantial, I will also note that Las Moras won the IWSC Argentinean Wine Producer Trophy in both 2005 & 2008 and I didn't see any such accreditations on the other bottle. AND it was 14% vs. 13%. So there! In any case, on the heels of my $18.99 bottle of Wolf Blass, I knew I wanted to cheap out this week and both bottles were $9.99. I really had an internal struggle with the pricier Las Moras: Black Label Reserve ($13.49 - a 2007) but decided to stick to my frugal guns.
Las Moras (Argentina, 2009)
A word from the wine:
"Powerful yet elegant, with sweet tannins leading to a long, linfering finish"
Hmmm... I triple checked and the label does indeed read "linFering finish" - is this a typo or a wine-word that I am unfamiliar with? Oh, someone will have to explain "tannins" to me as well.
I quite like this as a red wine and would drink it again, but I don't think I would reach for it if I was in dire need of a shiraz - it was just missing that special pep. It was very smooth and easy to drink, though, and very nice "tipsy factor" - definitely felt after one glass. I also thought it was more fruity than the others I've tried to this point. It did have a nice flavor, but it didn't change or linger (or linfer?). I do think it was a good quality wine for under $10, and might be a good option for someone who doesn't like a spicy shiraz.
Helpful Husband Tip: "Seems really wet. Does that make sense?"
Then he proceeded to pour our second glasses with the cap still on the bottle.