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2005 Durigutti Familia Mendoza
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2010

($45; a blend based on 85% malbec) Bright, deep ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, chocolate mint, graphite and sexy oak; reminded me of a Napa cabernet. Lush and broad, with a restrained sweetness and enticing minty lift to the flavors of cassis, licorice and minerals. Sexy oak and inner-mouth floral character add complexity. Finishes long and powerful, with fine tannins dusting the teeth and tongue and a lingering note of cocoa powder. (SWG Imports, Bend, OR)

91 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Argentina

Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.

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The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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