Trapiche 2006 Mendoza Malbec ($6.99)
Inky blackish-purple, dark garnet even at the edge. Fruit-forward, simple plums and a whiff of smoke. Flavors consistent with the nose, juicy fruit and tart acidity in a simple, rather modern-style Malbec. Passable with food, no real flaws, but not my favorite style; probably not a repeat buy even at the price. US Importer: Frederick Wildman & Sons Ltd., NYC. (Feb 21, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Malbec's natural companion is beef, but this fare well with a "meaty" vegetarian dish, short pasta in a simple sauce of fresh domestic mushrooms and dried porcini.



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