Rincon Privado 2001 San Rafael Mendoza Malbec ($10.99)
This Malbec shows very dark, almost black in the glass, with a ripe aroma of black plums and spice backed by an earthy, clay-like signature of minerality. Ripe black fruit and tart, lemony acidity shape the flavor profile, with light but perceptible tannins in the finish. US Importer: Gaucho Imports LLC, Amerian Canyon, Calif. (Oct 16, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A match made in heaven with rare pan-seared ribeye steaks crusted with black pepper.

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