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2009 Massimo Malbec 

Mendoza, Argentina / $9-$12 Retail

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Grapes for this Malbec were sourced from Argentina's Valle de Uco vineyards in the Andes Mountains. The region's long growing season allows for slow ripening, maximizing fruit development, flavors and aromas of medium-bodied wine, which was blended with 5 percent Tempranillo. It offers aromas of blackberry, spice, vanilla and earthy notes, and tastes of plums, black currants, an herbal character and rounded tannins. Drink it with seared beef, burgers, barbecue, herb-roasted chicken, firm cheeses and Greek, Indian and Mexican cuisines. Buy it at: Breaux Marts in Metairie and River Ridge, Langenstein's in Metairie, Habano's of Slidell and Albertsons in Mandeville. Drink it at: Schiro's Market and Deli. — Brenda Maitland


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