A darling of the critics for a few years now, this Los Alamos Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza region has one great thing going for it: It costs under $12, sometimes even under $10. It’s a bit astringent and young but it offers everything you’d want in a friendly, everyday drinking malbec. Medium-bodied and bright with robust black cherry, blackberry and vanilla oak. Has some leathery tannins that will soften slightly if you let it sit in your glass a bit.
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Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Occasion: Tasted at a public wine tasting
Food pairing: Grilled beef, pot roast or with these cheeses
Availability: Wide availability and often seen at grocery stores.
Find it locally in Tampa Bay at Fine Wine and Spirits Warehouse in Tampa.