Budini 2006 Mendoza Malbec ($12.00)
Inky purple, almost black; bright garnet at the edge. Attractive aromas, red plums and a grind or two of black pepper. Flavors consistent, tart plums and subtle earth, a hint of red clay behind the fruit, nicely built on tart acidity and soft but substantial tannins. US Importer: Vine Connections, Sausalito, Calif. (Apr 6, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: A wine made for carnivores, well suited to burgers, steaks or rare roast beef. It fared well with a lightly spicy dinner of small ground beef meatballs in an Indian curry-style sauce.

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