Ben Marco Malbec 2005
A gift from a friend giving me a lesson in South American Terroir. I found this Argentian (Mendoza) Malbec plummy, with a small amount of earthiness and very smooth if maybe somewhat flabby tannins. Simple but pleasant. Very sweet, though – but this paired well with the Dominos Pizza I ate with it (what can I say? I don’t always go upscale), which has sweetened tomato sauce. Nothing special, though – but a good lesson in what you get from Mendoza at this price point. I also imagine this would appeal to those who are still transitioning from sugared wines to dry wines (the extreme fruit-forwardness gives the wine the impression of sweetness).