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Malbec from Mendoza is unquestionably
Argentina’s marquee variety, something
that’s clear from this juicy example.
What You Need To Know
Basic Malbecs offer rich, supple
blackberry flavors that make them terrific, easy-sipping barbecue
wines. This example from the brothers Hugo and Eduardo Pulenta
gets a layer of earthy complexity from a portion of grapes that
come from vines nearly 4,000 feet above sea level, in Mendoza’s
Uco Valley. That fruit gives the wine a juicy freshness and spicy
notes that make it especially food friendly. Sons of pioneering
winemaker Antonio Pulenta (and brothers to Carlos, who helms
Vistalba winery), the Pulentas focus on estate-bottled wines
made from hand-harvested grapes. La Flor represents their entrylevel
tier, and gives a taste of their expertise at an everyday price.
and violet scents.
and blackberry notes.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Boldly flavored poultry, pork
and red meat dishes.