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Hand of God Fingerprint Series Malbec Blend 2010

Hand of God Fingerprint Series Malbec Blend 2010Score: 93

Province: MendozaHand of God Fingerprint Series Malbec Blend 2010

Subregion: Uco Valley

Grapes: 55% Malbec, 35% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot

Aging: 20 months in French oak (50% new)

This fascinating blend of three grapes that rarely find themselves together looks like luxury in a glass; its regal, opaque purple clings to the sides, and its aromas of sandalwood, ink, and spice only confirm the effect. On the palate it’s a game of two halves, with bright notes of raspberry and red currant on the palate and then more profound flavors of plain chocolate and plum in the finish. The fruit are exceptionally present despite the long aging in oak, and they also express themselves without excessive sweetness – quite the winemaking feat. This is a blend of outstanding quality that will surely get even better with age.

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The Best World Cup Wines from Argentina

The Best World Cup Wines from ArgentinaWith most of the world's great wine-producing countries in this year's World Cup, the tournament offers plenty of excellent options for the soccer-loving tippler. Then again, most folks associate sporting competitions with huge volumes of beer. But that's not always the case in Argentina, where beer and wine share the stage at almost any social occasion. So if you want to drink like an Argentine during the World Cup, then we've got just the wines for you.

Our first wine is an obvious one: the LEO Malbec 2012 from Casa Bianchi, which is part of a joint project with Lionel Messi's foundation. This is no gimmicky malbec; it's got a high, bright flavor more reminiscent of French malbec than most Mendozans, so it's fine for drinking on its own, even slightly chilled as many Argentines prefer in the summer. It has a suggested retail price of $17, including a charitable donation.

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Special offers

The great people at Hand of God Wines are pleased to offer free shipping on six or more bottles of their excellent wines (rated 90 and 93 points!). Free shipping will also be available on their upcoming VRM (viognier, marsanne, roussanne) via this link when it is officially released in just 4 weeks. Just use the code "worldcup" at checkout any time through July 15, 2014. You can also win some wine by playing their World Cup game!

Our friends at Recuerdo Wines are pleased to offer free shipping on six or more bottles of their excellent torrontes (rated 90 points!) and malbec. Free shipping will also be available on the 93-point blockbuster 2011 Aliado Malbec via this link and 2011 Gran Corte Red Blend when it is officially released. Just use the code "AV2014" at the Recuerdo Wines Store checkout, any time through July 1, 2014.

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