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2011 Trapiche Broquel Malbec 

Mendoza, Argentina

Retail $12-$19

Malbec is better established in its second home of Mendoza, Argentina, than it ever was in Bordeaux, France. Argentina has not just embraced Malbec as its own, but it has featured the grape as a solo star, which rarely happened in Bordeaux due to the appeal of cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Malbec prospers in Mendoza, which accounts for almost 70 percent of Argentina's wine production, and thrives in the region because of the gentle climate and high altitudes. Trapiche, founded in 1883, sourced fruit for this wine from vineyards just below 4,000 feet. The wine is all malbec from 25-year-old vineyards, harvested in late March. The juice enjoyed a long, cool maceration process and was placed in a mix of new and used American and French oak barrels for 15 months. This process allowed the wine to develop its tannic structure slowly, which accounts for its aromas of coffee, chocolate, blackberry and anise. On the palate, taste plum and spice. Open 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with grilled steak, meat stews, hearty cheeses and pasta with mushrooms and garlic. Buy it at: Costco, Whole Foods Market Arabella Station, The Fresh Market in New Orleans and Mandeville, Sam's Club in Metairie and Covington, Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket, Albertsons, The Wine Market and Habano's and the Wine Sellar. Drink it at: Cafe Adelaide, Katie's Restaurant & Bar, Chiba, Harrah's New Orleans and Cafe 615.

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