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Although one of only six red grapes allowed in a red Bordeaux blend, Malbec is increasingly known for its New World varietal wines, especially in Argentina. Virginia has shown remarkable promise in this single varietal style, where its inky color can predict intense flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, cocoa, molasses, violets and jammy notes of plum. Often used to bring complexity to blends, it typically has balance in body, acids and tannin. Try this one with lean red meats and earthy flavors such as beef brisket, blue cheese and cumin-spiced dishes.

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