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2013 Trivento Amado Sur Malbec 

Mendoza, Argentina

Retail $10-$15

Malbec wines from Argentina are marked by smooth textures, ripe fruit, integrated tannins and concentrated flavors. This winery, a project of Chile's largest producer, Concha y Toro, has a state-of-the-art facility that services the company's 3,100 acres of vineyards in Mendoza. The wine is a blend of 70 percent malbec from Lujan de Cuyo, offering dark fruit and rich texture, 20 percent bonarda from Maipu, which provides structure and deep color, and 10 percent Uco Valley syrah, which adds spiciness and vibrant berry flavors. Following assemblage, the wine ages for six months in stainless steel and five months in the bottle. In the glass, it offers lush aromas of red berries, cherry, spice and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, taste dark plum, currants, black cherry, more spice and silky tannins. Decant 45 minutes before serving. Drink it with beef, pork, lamb, stews, wild game and firm cheeses. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co., Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket, Habanos of Slidell Wine Cellar, some Winn-Dixies, many Rouses and The Fresh Market on St. Charles Avenue and in Mandeville. Drink it at: Tujague's Restaurant, Apolline, The Rib Room, The Sammich, Pizza Domenica, Charlie's Steak House, Vega Tapas Cafe, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Monkey Hill Bar, Red Bastille Lounge, Q & C Hotel/Bar and Gallagher's Grill.

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