December 06, 2006

Terrazas de Los Andes 2005 Mendoza Malbec, about $10

As you may have noticed, I've been on a white wine kick for weeks. Sorry; it's my method to stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder.

But enough! The light has faded and sudden snowstorms are a fact of life. Might as well break out the big reds. Big, however, doesn't have to mean 16 percent alcohol with pruney gobs of sun-baked fruit. I prefer wines that are big on flavor yet have some class as well - like this malbec, from the cooler heights of Mendoza.

It's as juicy as a perfectly ripe cherry, meaty yet mouthwatering. And it's terrific with Sunday's pot roast.

Imported by Mo√ęt Hennessy USA, New York

This review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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