Tercos is a new Argentine winery owned by brothers Pedro and Patricio Santos. Winemaker Patricio Santos was educated at UC, Davis, and has worked at Catena in Mendoza and Chimney Rock and Cardinale Winery in the Napa Valley. The three wines reviewed here reflect the growing diversity of varietals found in Argentina today. They also show what excellent values can be found in the Southern Cone. Of the three, our favorite is the 2008 Bonarda, which is fruit forward, easy drinking, and shows some nice herbal and earth notes. All three wines are very good values. Imported by Global Vineyard of Berkeley, CA.
Tercos 2009 Torrontes Salta ($12) 87
Torrontes is a grape unique to Argentina. Once thought to be the same as the Torrontes of Galicia, researchers have concluded it is instead was born in Argentina and is the product of two other varietals. The Torrontes of Salta Province has the reputation for being the best in the country. The Tercos Torrontes shows the characteristics of this highly aromatic grape—light peach flower and honeysuckle scents and, on the palate, light flavors of peach and apricot nicely balanced with brisk acidity on the finish. This is a pleasing aperitif style wine that is best served well-chilled.
Tercos 2008 Sangiovese Mendoza ($12) 86
This light-medium ruby red wine is a pleasant sipper. It’s fresh on the nose and soft and mellow on the palate showing light red fruit flavors and good acidity. This is a straightforward wine that wouldn’t be out of place at a party, served with just a slight chill.
Tercos 2008 Bonarda Mendoza ($12) 88
This is an easy drinking, unoaked wine sourced from grapes grown on the Tupungato mountainside. It shows more complexity than one would expect at this price point. Cherry, plum and herbal aromas are plentiful. The wine is soft on the attack with pleasant red fruit, earth and herbal flavors, very good ripe tannins, and a long, pleasing finish. Many, many people will like this wine. A great value at this price!