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2007 Obra Prima Malbec Reserva 

Mendoza, Argentina

$20 Retail

Mendoza's Cassone family produced this wine with 100 percent Malbec grapes from 90-year-old pre-phylloxera vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo, 3,000 feet above sea level. Following fermentation, prolonged maceration of the grape skins imbued the wine with a deep violet hue and intense flavors. Unfiltered, the wine aged 12 months in new French oak barrels before bottling. The full-bodied wine has an even balance of fruit, tannins and acidity. Blackberry fruit dominates a bouquet also offering spice, leather, toasty oak and coffee notes. On the palate, taste currants, cassis, mocha, earthy undertones, a savory herbal character, pepper and ripe tannins. Decant an hour before serving. Drink it with rare steak, rack of lamb, osso buco, roasted game and aged cheeses. Buy it at: Keife & Co. Drink it at: Palace Cafe, La Boca, Dick and Jenny's and Mr. John's Steakhouse.

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