Terra Rosa 2004 Mendoza Old Vine Malbec ($10.99)
This is a very dark reddish-purple wine with a bright garnet edge. Full black plum and warm spice flavors ride over sour-cherry acidity with well integrated oak; dusty tannins add a sense of minerality. Hearty and ripe, well-balanced and food-friendly. US Importer: Laurel Glen Winery, Santa Rosa, Calif. (Mar 8, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Pan-seared duck breast medallions make a fine alternative to its obvious pairing, rare char-grilled steak.

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