AG Pick Under $15: 2006 Tierra Secreta Malbec

Looking for a bold and spicy wine to warm you up on a cool fall evening?  Try a glass of the 2006 Tierra Secreta Malbec.

Tierra SecretaThis red wine comes from the southern end of Argentina’s Mendoza region, an area well-known for producing Malbec.  The secret is the vineyards.  The tierra secreta, or secret earth, refers to the carefully selected vineyards within the Uco Valley at the foot of the Andes where the grapes are harvested.

Deep purple in color, Tierra Secreta Malbec is concentrated and complex.  Aromas of ripe red fruit and violet lead to full-bodied flavors of cherries, blackberries and black plum, rounded out with tobacco and spice.  Velvety in texture, this wine is smooth and easy to drink.  The finish is long and lively, with a hint of cedar and vanilla from aging in French and American oak.

Tierra Secreta Malbec is an ideal pairing for grilled meats and is a delicious match for steak or braised short ribs.

A bottle of the 2006 Tierra Secreta Malbec costs $13.