Chateau Malbec 2005 Bordeaux ($12.99)
Very dark ruby, almost black at the center, with scarlet glints against the light. Black fruit and cedar aromas add a touch of characteristic Bordeaux "lead pencil" in the flavor; plenty of acidity, and a curtain of marked but palatable tannins drops in the finish. A good benchmark Bordeaux at the low end of the budget range. US Importer: Wine Service Inc., Neptune City, N.J. (Feb 17, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: My idea of a perfect match with Bordeaux is lamb chops (we used a batch from Michigan's Wolverine Packing Co.), pan-seared with garlic and rosemary. Rare beef is another classic pairing.



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