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2009 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 

Mendoza, Argentina / $12-$13 Retail

The U.S. is the world's largest importer of Argentine Malbec, a red Bordeaux blending grapes that has come into its own in the South American nation. This delicious, medium-bodied wine shows wonderful depth and character. In the glass, complex aromas of currant, black cherry, mocha and savory spice lead into flavors of plum, blackberry and oaky notes with silky tannins and a long, rich finish. Decant several hours before serving. Drink it with roasted or grilled meats, hearty stews, meat pies, Italian cuisine, barbecue and firm, aged cheeses. Buy it at: Terranova Brothers Superette and Martin Wine Cellars. Drink it at: Irene's Cuisine, Ralph's on the Park, W.I.N.O. and The Hungry Forager. — Brenda Maitland

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