2000 Navarro Correas Coleccion Privada Malbec, Maipu...

WINE OF THE WEEK

May 29, 2002|By Michael Dresser

2000 Navarro Correas Coleccion Privada Malbec, Maipu, Mendoza ($16). This Argentine winery has been undergoing a renaissance under the guidance of Jeffrey Stambor of the Napa Valley's Beaulieu Vineyards. The changes show most dramatically in its malbec, a secondary Bordeaux red-wine grape that has flourished in Argentina more than anywhere else. This "private collection" malbec is a spicy, concentrated beauty with an ultra-long finish and admirable complexity. Its black currant, cherry and cocoa flavors are complemented by the cedar and cigar-box aromas so typical of good Bordeaux. Appealing to drink now, it should age gracefully for a decade or two. Serve with red-meat dishes or pasta. This winery has also released a fine 2000 cabernet sauvignon, but avoid the merlot.

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