Bill Dowd photoMalbec grapes have gone from being a minor French blending grape to standalone status as one of Argentina's top products in recent years.
• Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2006:
This inexpensive (under $10) version of a rich Malbec (there also is a more expensive reserve version) comes from a winery located in the cool foothills of the Andes. A brilliant deep reddish purple color invites the eye, and the full nose with an intense fruit bouquet continues the journey.
The edgy taste offers both stone fruit -- plums, cherries -- and raisins that helps make this a good wine to accompany barbecued marinated meats in the Argentine tradition as well as pastas and rich sauces.
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