Fritz Estate Dry Creek 2014 Malbec (USA), 88 points, was a birthday gift, but best as I can figure, the price was about $49.99.
Appeared core black grading a deep purple/red near the broad clear wine ring and leggy glass wall.
The bouquet was peppery, floral, and toasty blackberry.
Full-bodied with fair acidity and mellow round tannins carried rich flavors of licorice, plum, and pomegranate.
The floral aroma didn't translate onto the palate for me, but the black pepper extended deep into the fair finish with fig, iron, and an appropriate 14.5% alcohol.
Paired only okay with my BBQ baby back ribs.
Typically a small production wine, and as best I can tell, this Malbec will be a bit difficult to find.
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