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90 • Graffigna 2005 Grand Reserve, Malbec, San Juan $19.99.
Deep violet color. Bright spicy cherry compote, cola nut, and perfumed skin aromas follow through on a silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with orange and cherry cola notes. Finishes with a crisp, refreshing vanilla and violet gum accented fade. Very sexy; pair with rabbit or braised short ribs. (tasted on Apr-15-2009)
89 • Santos Beck 2006 Malbec, Mendoza $9.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of milk chocolate covered raspberries, nuts, and coffee beans follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with roasted pepper, cedar, and cranberry notes. Finishes with a crisp, powdery tannin fade. Very nice. (tasted on Mar-23-2009)
88 • Graffigna 2006 Centenario, Malbec, San Juan $12.99. Best Buy.
Pomegranate, grilled pepper and cherry salt water taffy and white chocolate aromas follow through on a juicy entry to a dryish medium body with mineral ore and spiced nuts and zesty, apple accented fade. (tasted on Apr-15-2009)
87 • Cavia 2006 Reserve, Malbec, Mendoza $12.99. Best Buy.
Dark roasted walnut, berry custard pie crust, and faint rubber aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with plantain and cocoa notes. Finishes with a breezy fade. (tasted on Apr-15-2009)
87 • Mendoza Station 2008 Reserva, Malbec, Mendoza $5.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Berry skin, hibiscus thyme, and cherry lip balm aromas follow through on a juicy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with pencil shaving and red apple skin and blackberry sorbet notes. Finishes with a crisp, chewy tannin fade. Pair with seared steak. (tasted on Apr-15-2009)