The Gargantini family of Mendoza was one of the largest wine producers in Argentina, but fell on hard times until the late '80s, when the the family reinvested in vineyards that had been derelict for decades. The upside? Clos de Chacras has 80-year-old fruit to work with, and it really shows. The depth of flavor in their "intro" Malbec is awesome: vividly aromatic with floral and vanilla notes, the wine shows sweet and sour fruits in wonderful balance. Six months in third-use barrels soften the juice without hiding any fruit. This is our new go-to Malbec.