Somewhere along the way, Malbec became the “it” grape. Its powerful black fruit flavors, unique terroir combined with the ability to drink it in its youth, along with its generally reasonable price point, has made it a trendy choice on dinner menus and for summer cookouts.  Since whenever that officially happened, Argentina has flooded the marketplace with the grape, and it has become harder and harder to separate the best of the bunch from the generic swill. Thankfully, there are still several quality producers that offer high quality wines at values that remain second to none on the world landscape. Malbec originated in the Bordeaux region of France, and is used there in small quantities as a blending grape to add youthful complexities to those famous wines. Some of the best Argentinian Malbecs are also blended with other grapes, and the wine I have selected to feature this month benefits from such balance, and at a fantastic bargain.

Trivento Amado Sur Red Mendoza 2010, 90 Points, $15, 35,000 Cases Produced- Dark aromas of black fruit and iron. Rich and deep, with blackberry and black plum above spicy pepper, dark chocolate and charcoal. Soft and velvety tannins through the long finish, spice lingers. Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah.

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