2013 Durigutti Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($12)
I wanna love Malbec. I’ve been to many a cow-grilling in Mendoza, Argentina, and have thrown many, many gallons of Malbec over the gums. I’m happy enough when I’m there, but—despite the great popularity of this sturdy varietal among many of mah Fellow Amuricans—it doesn’t work that well for me on these shores. Why? The usual. It is Big, Fat Red Wine, with lots of alcohol, usually lots of tannin, sometimes lots of tactile oak. Occasionally, however, a Malbec comes along that’s not painful to drink…and this is it!