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Alambrado Malbec ‘Gran Selección’ 2016
Mendoza, Argentina

Mean Streets (1973)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 @ 12:15 AM (ET)

The Italian heritage of this Malbec’s winemakers nicely fits with a film celebrating the vibrant characters of New York’s Little Italy neighborhood. The movie that brought director Martin Scorsese’s name to a wider audience stars Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel in a tale of young men who struggle to navigate a culture defined by both religion and male machismo. It was a deeply personal film for Scorsese, just as this wine is an enticing personal creation from a family of winemaking experts.

THE WINE

Malbec Mania is still sweeping the nation – and you’re about to taste one of our most popular labels. This exclusive ‘Grand Selection’ comes from the acclaimed Zuccardi family and their famed vineyards, where vines are trained in the overhead parral style (a method popular in Italy that protects grapes from overly intense sunlight). Aged for 10 months in oak barrels, it overflows with silky-smooth blackberry, dark chocolate, and oaky spice. Boasting 91 points from the International Wine Challenge, it’s the ultimate pairing for red meat – see over for our suggestions.

THE FAMILY

Alberto Zuccardi arrived in Mendoza in the late 1940s to re-settle the land his grandparents (Italian immigrants) had once called home. After planting his first vineyard in 1963, Alberto decided to open his own winery. He’s in his 90s now and, though still going strong, son José (winner of the IWC 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award) and grandsons Sebastián and Miguel are proudly continuing the family’s quality tradition.

THE COUNTRY

WM_ZuccardiFamily_TastingRoomArgentina is winemaking paradise. It’s not hard to see why. Vines are irrigated with fresh snowmelt from the Andes. Endless sunshine ripens grapes to perfection, producing richly concentrated flavors. Land is available (for now!) at prices Napa and Bordeaux can only dream about – and you enjoy full flavors at prices other fine wine regions have trouble matching.

WITH FOOD

steak_filetrareLove steak? If so, you’re in luck – Malbec is its classic match. Locally, they’d enjoy Alambrado with a juicy flank steak marinated in chimichurri (a spicy, vinegar-based garlic and green herb sauce). Vegetarians shouldn’t feel left out, either! This Malbec’s rich, chocolatey flavors will also work with hearty meatless meals like lentil casseroles or seitan stir fry.

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