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2005 La Posta del Vinatero Malbec `Angel Paulucci Vineyard'

September 06, 2006|S. Irene Virbila

The name La Posta del Vinatero means "tavern of the grape grower." Though the Paulucci family's history with winemaking goes back to the early 1800s in Italy, the family has lived in Argentina only since 1953, when Angel Paulucci was 21. Seven years later, he planted his first Malbec in the Mendoza region.

This wine is made from a special block of vines planted in 1970 in Ugarteche that produces a deep ruby red wine, dark in tone, with a taste that's reminiscent of Cabernet Franc. Think juicy red berries with a pinch of spice and a light note of oak. Full-bodied, this is a wine that needs food -- steaks, chops, ribs, gutsy cheeses.

Did I mention that it has a very attractive price-to-quality ratio?

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--S. Irene Virbila

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Quick swirl

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Price: About $16

Style: Full-bodied and harmonious

Food it goes with: Steaks, chops, ribs

Where you find it: Fireside Cellars in Santa Monica, (310) 393-2888; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111.

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