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Wine of the week: 2014 Finca La Florencia Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina

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Retail $18

In the late 1800s, Celestino Cassone and his family migrated from Italy's Piedmont region to Argentina's Mendoza region, where they built a small winery. The Cassones built a modern winery in the 1950s in Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo subregion. Most of the family's vineyards are 90 years old and sit more than 3,100 feet above sea level. Cold, westerly winds from the Andes Mountains tame the sunny, hot days, and the cooling effect slows ripening and extends the growing season. Mendoza's rocky, sandy, free-draining soils help produce small, concentrated fruit. For this wine, hand-harvested malbec grapes were vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 25 days. The wine aged six months in used French and American oak barrels. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of ripe plum, spice and oak. On the palate, taste ripe red berry fruit, currants, some black cherry and a hint of tobacco. Open the wine 20 minutes before serving. Drink it with steak, burgers, osso buco, stews, grilled sausages and hearty dishes. Buy it at: Second Vine Wine. Drink it at: DTB, Mr. John's Steakhouse and Dick & Jenny's.

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