Graffigna 1999 Tulum Valley Malbec ($10.49)
This large producer, Bodegas y Vinedos Santiago Graffigna, was purchased last year by multinational Allied Domecq, and it's likely to start turning up widely in the world market. Dark garnet in color, it breathes a delicious ripe berry scent, raspberries and spicy vanilla. Full and ripe, big berry fruit and lemon-squirt acidity show in a flavor profile that reminds me of a fruity Zinfandel. US Importer: T.G.I.C. Importers, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Mar 10, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Excellent with a simple pizza Margherita topped with fresh plum tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and basil.



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