Pascal Toso 2002 Maipu Vineyards Mendoza Malbec ($9.99)
Very dark garnet, almost opaque. It's a little shy at first, but juicy black-plum aromas come up promptly with swirling in the glass. Ripe and fresh, plummy fruit and lemony acidity come together in a mouth-filling, palate-cleansing wine that goes very well with food, with fresh, clean fruit lingering in a long finish. US Importer: TGIC Importers Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif. (Feb 23, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A food-friendly wine, good with red meat and excellent with pizza. It made a fine companion with chicken sausages flavored with roasted red peppers.

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