AG Pick Under $20: 2008 Antigal Uno Malbec

As the weather gets cooler, stay warm by opening up a bottle of the 2008 Antigal Uno Malbec.  This big and earthy red from Mendoza, Argentina is a great treat for a fall evening.

The Antigal Uno Malbec is easy to spot in any wine shop — just look for the big “1” on the bottle.  But don’t be misled by its simple appearance.  This wine is complex, with layers of concentrated flavors that are enhanced by oak aging (the wine spent 13 months in 75% new French oak and 25% new American oak).

Intense in color and in smell, the deep red, almost purple wine has aromas of dark berry fruits.  On the palate are notes of ripe cherry, blackberry and cassis, which give way to smoke, black pepper and a hint of vanilla.  Decanting the wine brings out additional flavors of smoked meat.  The wine is elegant and well balanced, with a lush mouthfeel and a lingering spicy finish.

Pair the Antigal Uno Malbec with steak, lamb, hamburgers or any kind of red meat.

A bottle of the 2008 Antigal Uno Malbec is $15.

13.8% alcohol by volume