Terra Buena 2003 Mendoza Malbec ($9.00)
Very dark reddish-purple in color, almost black. Plums and a more stewed note of prunes, warm black fruit on the nose and palate. Warm and ripe, juicy black fruit is nicely balanced by fresh acidity, with an earthy touch of tannins showing up in the finish. Rather high 14.5% alcohol manifests itself as body and an acceptable touch of heat. Definitely a carnivore's wine. US Importer: (Jun 2, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Rare grilled beef is the perfect partner for Mendoza Malbec, and we couldn't have asked for a better match than a locally produced, grass-fed T-bone.

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