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2011 El Ganador Malbec 

Mendoza, Argentina

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$9-$12 Retail

An exceptional value, this wine from Bodega Tiza was made from hand-harvested grapes grown on sandy, limestone alluvial soils more than 3,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains. In the winery, 10 percent of the wine matures in new French oak casks for six months and the remainder rests in tanks. The wine is bottle-aged another six months. In the glass, the well-balanced wine has floral notes and red and black cherry aromas followed by ripe plum, black currant and blackberry fruit with hints of oak and spice. Drink now and for the next two to four years. Open 30 minutes before serving. Eat it with roast duck, pork tenderloin, beef kebabs, barbecue, stuffed peppers and braised lamb. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Company, Poeyfarre Market in the Warehouse District and Acquistapace's Covington Super Market. Drink it at: Annunciation.

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