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Wine of the week: 2013 Hector Durigutti HD Malbec 

Retail $17-$20

Malbec, a French varietal best known for its use in Bordeaux blends, thrives in the high altitudes of Argentina's largest wine region, Mendoza, at the edge of the Andes Mountains. Argentinian malbecs often are rich wines with intense color, moderate tannins and medium acidity. This 100 percent malbec wine was produced by brothers Hector and Pablo Durigutti to celebrate their small winery's 10 years of operation in Mendoza's Uco Valley. Vineyards at 3,600 feet above sea level enjoy hot, sunny days and cool nights, which help fruit develop aromatics and acidity. Manually harvested grapes were fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in French oak for 12 months. In the glass, the wine exudes aromas of blackberry, cassis, oak, spice and floral notes. On the palate, taste ripe dark cherry, currants, plum, earthiness, spice and firm tannins. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with beef, lamb, barbecue, poultry, wild game, aged cheeses, hot tamales and other spicy foods. Buy it at: W.I.N.O. and Vom Fass and Breaux Mart on Magazine Street. Drink it at: Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro.

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