I’ve recently been on a forgettable streak of bad bottles of wine. Ugh!

So Tuesday night I turned to an old favorite to shake the funk – Malbec. Specifically, I opened a bottle of Altos 2008 Malbec from the Mendoza Valley. This is a wine that consistently gets 88 to 90 points from the rating folks and delivers a great punch for $10-$13.

Altos offers a deep colored wine with dark cherry, earthiness, and a silky smooth feel in the mouth. You even get a little sour cherry on the mid-palate if you take the time to savor it.

One of the fun things about this wine is you could even swig it! Ha!

Altos is produced and owned by Italian wine makers. They age the wine in some stainless steel and then let it soak up a little French and American oak before bottling.

Altos is easy to find in Indiana wine shops. It has all the great Malbec characteristics, with a not-so-subtle smoothness and full flavor.

It’s sort of like an old friend, one I’ll return to again in the future whenever I’m in a bad wine funk.

: This Malbec is absolutely marvelous with a steak and even better with some dark chocolate – something around 60% cocoa works great!

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