Tasting Note                          

90    1999 Felipe Rutini Apartado (Argentina)    11/4/06 ($40)
30% Malbec, 30% CS, 20% Merlot, 20 % Syrah

A solid middleweight that was probably a little bigger when young. Rich blackberry and cassis fruit with prominent flavors of clove and other cooking spices (Howell Mtn Zinfandel comes to mind). Delicious and very enjoyable. Smooth with good acidity. Drink now and in the next year or two.