Lurton 2002 Valle de Uco Mendoza Malbec ($8.99)
This appealing Argentine quaffer shows dark reddish-purple in the glass with glints of bright violet. Plummy fruit aromas add a whiff of exotic spice; the flavor is consistent, ripe and fresh, shaped by lemon-squirt acidity. Not overly long or complex, but nicely balanced, good with food, and with time in the glass it opens up to reveal interesting notes of toast and subtle minerality unexpected in a simple wine. US Importer: Ex Cellars Wine Agencies Inc., Solvang, Calif. (Jul 19, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A great match with garlicky lamb burgers garnished with fresh tomatoes and basil; Malbec is fine with grilled meats, too, and makes a consistently stylish partner with pizza.



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