Trapiche 2003 Mendoza Malbec ($6.99)
This very dark garnet wine shades to clear reddish-purple at the rim. Jammy fruit, cherries, spice and smoke on the nose; full-bodied, tart and gently tannic, ripe black-cherry fruit and a hint of strong black coffee on the palate. Firmly structured with fresh-fruit acidity, it adds a distinct whiff of licorice in the finish. Bigger and more robust than many Malbecs, it's a hearty mouthful of red wine. US Importer: Frederick Wildman and Sons, NYC. (Sep 22, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Good with any red meat, it was a perfect match with a hearty meal fashioned from leftovers, an exotic take on "red-flannel hash" made with leftover beef short ribs and Indian-accented beets with home-fried potatoes.



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