Rutini 2006 "Trumpeter" Mendoza Malbec-Syrah ($12.00)
Clear, dark garnet. Aromas of plums, meat and smoke, it seems to speak more of Syrah (and oak, perhaps) than Malbec. Full-bodied, tart and tannic; black fruit and a hint of fennel. Simple fruit and soft tannic astringency in the finish. Good wine for red-meat. US Importer: Billington Imports Inc., Springfield, Va. (Sep 26, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with my Malbec standard, juicy burgers made with local grass-feed beef.

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