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Malbec for the Ages

If you looking for a good value wine, try a Malbecs from Argentina.   I recommend the Telteca Anta Malbec.  Old vine, reserve-level, solidly oaked, from the high desert in Argentina’s Mendoza province, this wine will redefine what you think about Malbecs.  Telteca’s Anta line uses hand harvested grapes, vinified with indigenous yeasts and controlled malolactic fermentation.  Twelve months of oak-aging, utilizing 100% first-use, new barrels, followed by nine months of bottle aging before release produces a Malbec of exceptional quality.  Profound, intense red-tinged-with-violet in the glass.  Thick black fruits and vanilla on the nose.  Distinct, characteristic spiced red berries begin the palate attack, with honeyed, rounded tannins wrapping the package.  An elegant grip, structure and density pervade this wine.  All contribute to give this wine a value far beyond its modest price, around $17.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate agrees, giving the 2004 vintage 92 points. This is not your average grocery store Malbec. 

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