This $12 Malbec is sweet, fruity and kosher for Passover

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Clarification: Dave McIntyre’s February 16 wine recommendations were erroneously published again this week. Duplicate information has been removed. Here are his wine suggestions for this week.

We have three delicious red wines to recommend this week, including two bargains. One of them is a Kosher Malbec from Chile, suitable for Passover (from April 5) or anytime; the other comes from a winery in Portugal that produces several exceptional and affordable reds. Our third wine is a nebbiolo from a region in northern Italy called Valtellina, where the grape achieves a different expression than it does further west in the more famous Piedmontese wines of Barolo and Barbaresco.

(2 stars)

Central Valley, Chile, $12

This is a Malbec that shows its sweet, fruity side, with just enough tannins hidden under the fruit to hold it together. Another sign of quality, several days after opening, just the cork glued back into the bottle, the wine is still delicious. And congratulations for the light ecological bottle! Kosher for Passover, Mevushal, Vegan, Gluten Free. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent. Bottle weight: 390 grams (Light).

Imported and distributed locally by DMV Distributing.

Casa Santos Lima Bonavita Tinto 2019

(2 stars)

Casa Santos Lima, located about an hour north of Lisbon, produces an impressive range of good quality inexpensive red wines. The mix of this one isn’t listed on the label, but only your nerdest friends will care. This wine was not made for fun, but to be enjoyed with casual and hearty meals. ABV: 14%. Body weight: 455 grams (light).

Imported by Artisans & Vines. Distributed locally by Artisans & Vines and LK Wine Tours & Sales.

Nera Belviso 1380 Valgella Riserva Valtellina Superiore 2018

(3 stars)

Valtellina is an alpine region in northern Lombardy. The red wines are nebbiolo, but very different from the massive, earthy, mushroomy versions of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont to the west. In Valtellina, nebbiolo achieves a bright berry quality, accented with mountain pine. If nebbiolo was a piano, Valtellina is a melodious right-hand melody, while Piemonte is a driving left-hand chorus. Winemaker Pietro Nera also whips up a delicious Sforzato di Valtellina ($55), made with air-dried grapes to concentrate the flavors. As its name suggests, it is a more powerful wine, filling the melody with deeper chords. ABV: 13%. Body weight: 550 grams (average).

Imported and distributed locally by Wide Roots.

Prices are approximate. For availability, check, and the websites and social media feeds of wineries, importers or distributors. You can also ask your local retailer to order wines from the listed distributors.

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