Maipu Vineyards, Mendoza
Price: about $12
This Malbec is certainly one of the “best buy” red wines that I have tasted recently. It has appealing cherry and dark berry aromas with hints of cocoa lingering in the background, dark raspberry, currant, and vanilla-oak flavors, a soft texture, and a polished, lingering finish. Pascual Toso 2007 Malbec would make an ideal companion for grilled meats, savory stews, and hearty pastas, though its reasonable price definitely allows it to be served with less exalted fare, including burgers and pizza.