Bodegas Norton 2006 "Lo Tengo" Mendoza Malbec ($9.99)
Very dark garnet, reddish-violet glints. Attractive red fruit, fresh and juicy plums. Tart red-plum flavors, mouth-watering acidity and soft tannins, well structured and food-friendly if a bit on the rustic side. Slightly hot on the finish although its claimed 13.5% alcohol level is unexceptional, especially by modern standards. Good everyday Malbec and a good value. US Importer: TGIC Importers Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif. (Feb 19, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Malbec, Argentina's flagship wine variety, is a natural partner with beef, another Argentine specialty. This one stood up nicely to an offbeat, aromatic preparation, seared mini-burgers with a light Indian-style curry-and-cumin sauce with rice.



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