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Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2013

alamosseleccionmalbec2013Score: 88

Province: MendozaAlamos Seleccion Malbec 2013

Subregion: Uco Valley

Grapes: 100% Malbec

Aging: 9 to 12 months in French and American oak

Toasted pine comes across in waves as this malbec gets going, with just a bit of tire rubber underneath. But all those prosaic thoughts are banished once it hits the palate; from there it’s all about the fruit: red plums laced with white pepper and a dab of strawberry jam. The acid on top is a little tomato-y – a hot harvest season, perhaps? – but the tannic bite suggests the wine could still age a year or two.

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Argentina Finally Gets Its Gin

apostolesWhat do you get when you combine that most English of spirits with that most Argentine of drinks? A gin made with mate, of course. That's right, Argentina is now home to an artisanal gin made with, among other things, leaves of yerba mate, the stimulating communal drink shared with gusto by Argentines and other South Americans. As as you might expect, it's quite the experience on the palate.

Argentines have been anglophiles for at least a century. Private schools and lawn clubs in Buenos Aires have stuffy English names, and posh Argentines of a certain age speak English with clipped accents that would make Queen Elizabeth II proud. There's even an old chestnut by Jorge Luis Borges, possibly Argentina's greatest writer, calling Argentines "Italians who speak Spanish, act French, and want to be English." Plenty of them still order a "gintonic" when the weather gets hot.

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