2011 Catena Zapata Malbec (Argentina), $20

I would describe this wine as "spicy".  Had a nice burst of flavor at the onset, followed by the the unique malbec aftertaste.  

Very drinkable, fairly smooth, limited complexity, and short on aftertaste.

Although malbec is not my thing, this wine was good.  At $20, I probably will not purchase again although with 90,000 cases produced, it would likely not be hard to find.  I simple like other varietals at a lower cost better.  

However, I would like to try the Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2011 which ranked #36 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 for 2013 and is readily available at Costco.

Pairing the Catena malbec with leftover meatballs and pasta increased the aftertaste acidity unpleasantly.  Unfortunately, not a good pairing.

Sipped: 3/6 (very good)

Paired: 3-/6 (very good)