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Tasting Note: Affordable Argentine red

For a follow up on yesterday's Chardonnay wine note, let's stay with Argentina, where the Malbec grape that's a supporting player in Bordeaux becomes a varietal star in its own right. This quaffable, relatively affordable red is a good example:

Alamos 1998 Mendoza Malbec ($9.99)
This clear, dark-ruby wine from the Nicolas Catena winery breathes a remarkably true fresh-strawberry scent with an odd sour edge, perhaps from aging in oak, that's vaguely reminiscent of a kosher dill pickle. It's pleasant, though, with no hint of pickles but only exuberant strawberries and citrus fruit in a fresh, tart and snappy flavor profile. U.S. importer: Billington Importers Inc., Lorton, Va. (May 14, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: The ripe berry fruit works surprisingly well with a bowl of "monti," a ravioli-like Armenian dish of toasted pastry turnovers stuffed with lamb, garlic and herbs and served in a rich broth. (Found on the Web, the recipe is at http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/4722/monti.html.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2001 Copyright 2001 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

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