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F&W's Megan Krigbaum names 6 excellent wines from Argentina's Uco Valley.
2012 CASA MARGUERY MALBEC ($15)
Guillermo Donnerstag, a philosophy professor at a university in Mendoza, started this small winery in 2000. This fantastic Malbec is a blend of Uco and Luján de Cuyo grapes.
2012 RUCA MALEN RESERVA MALBEC ($19)
From one of the oldest vineyards in the Uco's Vista Flores subregion, this wine is remarkably fresh and floral but will still age beautifully.
2011 CHAMAN ($20)
The stunning magenta color of this wine is enticing. Producer Luis Reginato shows off the prettier side of Petit Verdot with his first vintage of this red wine, a blend of 55 percent Petit Verdot with Cabernet and Malbec.
2012 RECUERDO MALBEC ($22)
The Vines of Mendoza grows grapes for others but keeps some fruit for its own wines. This one is quintessential Malbec—ripe and black-cherry-scented.
2013 ZORZAL EGGO SAUVIGNON BLANC ($40)
The Michelini brothers are biodynamic zealots—unusual in the Uco Valley. They make this zippy Sauvignon Blanc in enormous, concrete, egg-shaped tanks.
2010 BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA WHITE STONES CHARDONNAY ($100)
This small-production Chardonnay comes from vineyards full of softball-size white stones—giving the wine minerality and structure.