2006 Tiza Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina / $16-$20 Retail
Grapes for this engaging, high-quality wine were sourced from cool-climate vineyards 3,000 feet above sea level and planted nearly a century ago. A great value, it was made from 100 percent Malbec and aged a year in new French oak barrels. In the glass, the wine's aroma exhibits a complex blend of red and black fruit, spice and toasty notes with some herbal character. On the palate, expect more adventure as the powerful yet velvety-textured, richly flavored wine yields layers of ripe plum, cassis, mocha and silky tannins on its way to a lingering finish. It's best decanted and is drinkable now and over the next five to seven years. Serve it with grilled and roasted meats, fowl and game. Where to buy it: Swirl Wine, Rouses in Uptown, W.I.N.O., Corkscrewed in Kenner and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Where to drink it: W.I.N.O. (Store listings current at press time.) — Brenda Maitland
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