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Pulenta Estate Gran Malbec 2011

Pulenta Estate Gran Malbec 2011Score: 89

Province: MendozaPulenta Estate Gran Malbec 2011

Subregion: Agrelo; Valle de Uco

Grapes: 100% Malbec

Aging: 18 months in new French oak

Here is a paradox of a malbec: exceptionally smooth as it hits the palate, but with a sharp bite of oak and tannin immediately afterward. Let it settle down, however, and there’s a touch of Old World style about this wine. The bouquet is more herbal than one might expect, with hints of lemon thyme and chive. They give a fine tinge to the block of dark chocolate waiting within, which disappears surprisingly quickly as well. Easy to drink, especially for those who like to taste their oak, but still something of an enigma.

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Pairings from the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show

In the middle of our World Cup break, we had the annual pleasure of a visit to the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. There typically aren't many wines - let alone Argentine wines - on display at the show, but there are plenty of excellent foods for pairing. Here are a few of our favorite finds.

Crackers are the most basic wine pairing, perhaps more basic even than bread (and you don't have to worry about them drying out). We thought the quadri, a traditional Sardinian cracker-bread, from Pansardo were just the thing for cleansing the palate and enjoying a nice crunch. There's just a touch of salt in the large, rough-hewn leaves, which makes them an addictive wine snack.

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