The sun was out and the ocean and island views were clear, so our friends Rick and Amanda went for a long hike up Romero Trail with Jason and me. Then we came home and opened a bottle of Tritono Malbec from the famed Mendoza province in Argentina.  Who knew that Malbec was such a tasty after-workout beverage? This is imported by Palmina and is available for sale in the tasting room and from the website.  The wine is a collaborative effort between New York restauranteur Joe Bastianich, Argentine vintner Matias Mayol and California winemaker, Steve Clifton (of Palmina and Brewer-Clifton).  Dark garnet color fills my glass – the taste is of dark fruits like black cherry, plum and holiday spices. This wine could be a good partner to many foods, especially red meat dishes. The winemakers tasting notes tell me that this wine will cellar well for the next 7-10 years. I suppose we’ll never know because the wine didn’t last a week in my house. 😉