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Wine of the week: 2015 Reunion Malbec 

Mendoza, Argentina

Retail $12-$14

The popularity of malbec wines has placed the city of Mendoza and Argentina's largest wine region, also called Mendoza, on the world's wine map. This wine is from the family-owned estate founded by Raul Joffre 20 years ago and operated with his four daughters. Malbec grapes were hand-harvested from 15-year-old vines cultivated in sandy and stony soils at altitudes from 3,300 to 4,100 feet above sea level. In the cellar, the wine was vinified with pre-fermentation maceration in temperature-controlled vats. The wine matured for four months in 70 percent French oak barrels and 30 percent American oak and then aged in the bottle for four months. In the glass, it offers aromas of cassis, oak and leather with chocolate notes and some spice. On the palate, taste blackberry, cherry and some mushroom and earthy qualities. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with grilled beef, roasted venison, poultry and firm cheeses. Buy it at: Grande Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits, Brady's Wine Warehouse, Bin 428, Faubourg Wines, Dorignac's and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Desi Vega's Steakhouse, Tujague's, Kyoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Bacchanal and Andy's Bistro.

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