Don Miguel Gascòn 2006 Mendoza Malbec ($9.99)
Very dark blackish-purple, dark-garnet edge. Intriguing, fruit and earth, blackberries and damp clay and something surprisingly (and, believe it or not, pleasantly) reminiscent of cigar ashes. Full and ripe, black fruit and subtle earth. Good acidic and tannic structure, though the 14.2% alcohol comes across a bit hot. On the rustic side, but frankly, I'd rather have a modestly priced Malbec in this old-fashioned style than a generic "international" red. US Importer: Gascon USA, Hayward, Calif. (Oct 2, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Argentina ... Malbec ... beef. Great with juicy burgers. Any questions?

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