(Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina)
This 100-per-cent Malbec, aged 18 months in new French oak barrels, is dazzlingly dark and full-bodied in the glass. The first taste seems dry, simple and sturdy in the best possible way. Neither too acidic or tannic. The finish is smooth with light mineral notes. So far so good—but then with a meal, this wine unveils its full richness, blooming into far more complex flavours of currants and raspberries. Have no fear pairing this with the richest, sweetest barbecued ribs available, or maybe pulled pork, or a steak with creamy Cambozola. About $26/bottle.