Santamaría 2002 Mendoza Malbec ($9.99)
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine shows surprisingly bright glints of reddish-purple against the light. Red-berry fruit and spice, strawberries and cherries, carry over on the palate in an appetizing bone-dry flavor shaped by tart, lemon-squirt acidity. Simple but fresh, it's a fine food companion. US Importer: Carlos Santamaria Vineyards Corp., Sunrise, Fla. (Mar 23, 2004)
FOOD MATCH: Grilled meat is a natural companion with Malbec in this crisp and acidic style, and it's a great match with pizza; it went well enough but was a little too "red" to make a perfect partner with a simple spaghetti alla carbonara.
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