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A couple of Bordeaux blending grapes, one current and one destroyed by phylloxera in the 1800s, are turning out quite respectable wines in South America. What the "lost" French grape Carmenere is to Chile, Malbec is to Argentina. Ecos sources 100 percent Malbec fruit from premium vineyards. Aged eight months in 70 percent French and 30 percent new American oak, this full-bodied wine shows balance and well-integrated, smooth tannins. In the glass, aromas of dark fruit and cedar are followed by jammy plum and blackberry flavors with hints of spice and a touch of black pepper. Good with red meats, game and hard cheeses. Available at The Wine Seller and Elio's Wine Warehouse. (Store listings current at press time.)
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