Knowing importers is as important as knowing producers (and probably worth a blog post of its own one of these days). After all, who can keep track of the thousands of foreign producers, many of whom are small and use another language?
So if you find a wine brought to the U.S. by a company like Kermit Lynch or Robert Kacher, it’s almost certain to be well made and a fair price. After tasting the Tamari (about $13), I think you can add its importer, Terlato, to that list. The wine, from Argentina, is not especially tannic or harsh, and the dark berry fruit is fresh and lively. Best yet, it’s not too jammy, as many malbecs at this price are. The Tamarai a step up from the Yellow + Blue, one of my favorite malbecs and a $10 Hall of Fame wine.
Serve this with any red sauce, meat loaf or hamburgers. It’s even pleasant enough on its own, which I find to be less true of more and more red wines.