Porteño, Mendoza
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Porteño, Mendoza - 2023

Item # 13492 750mL

With its ruby-red color and aromas of black cherries and plums, this Argentine red is simply one of the best wines to come out of Mendoza in years. The tannins are silky-smooth and work well with grilled meats, burgers or pizza.

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I’ve watched a lot of customers shy away from this blend of Bonarda, Malbec and Merlot because the price is essentially TOO low. If you would like to pay more, feel free, but I see absolutely no reason to. After all, price does not necessarily dictate quality. Porteño has everything I’m looking for in a good red: gorgeous plum and dark berry fruit, a gentle entry and a perfect finish. There is enough tannic structure here to pair well with food, particularly grilled meat and hard cheeses, but is extremely pleasant on its own. Perfect with or without food, Porteño is a versatile wine that is good for just about anything.

- DF

Glossary

Argentina

Ever tried a sparkling Malbec? A Patagonian Pinot Noir? Argentine winemakers have long been in a position to experiment, most often with very tasty results. Many grapes flourish here, but none have been as commercially successful as Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the great undiscovered gems is Torrontés, a fresh, aromatic white variety that is best enjoyed young. The red Bonarda grape is another approachable yet little-known variety that thrives here. If you prefer your red wines spicy,...

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Merlot

The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine, and has long been prized for the "softening" effect it can have on Cabernet Sauvignon - especially...

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Bonarda

In Italy, there are three grape varieties that go by the name Bonarda: one is actually the Croatina grape, one is actually Uva Rara, and one is Bonarda Piemontese. The last produces aromatic, quite drinkable red wines, but it is not widely grown because of its low yields. Bonarda is also the name of Argentina's second most widely planted red wine grape - but here, too, it could be a misnomer: some experts believe that Argentinian Bonarda, which is often blended with the country's beloved...

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Malbec

Known as Côt throughout much of France, Malbec is the dark-skinned variety that put Argentinian wine on the map - and likewise, Argentinian Malbec saved the grape from near obscurity. The Cahors appellation in France still relies on Malbec to distinguish many of its wines, but the area is exceptional in this regard. As the grape can be quite difficult to cultivate, it has become far less popular over the years, even in its Bordeaux home. Its South American renaissance has ensured, however, that...

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