Ruca Malen 2010 Malbec Reserva,
$12.74-$17.99, 89 points, poured core black transitioning to a deep purple/red toward the clear ring at the glass wall.
In addition to the lovely color, hints of espresso, cedar and blackberry on the nose, made for a propitious beginning.
The luscious full body carried fair-plus acidity with velvety tannin.
Though almost jammy with rich flavors of black and blue fruit plus just a hint of tart pomegranate, this is no fruit-bomb, but a sleek and sophisticated partner to saucy red meats.
Finished slightly green, but long on the trailing palate, sweet tobacco, white pepper, and a well integrated 13.9% alcohol.
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