Bodega Lagarde Guarda Blend 2012 $27 ★★★★guarda_blend_2012_1

Sourced from one of the oldest bodega’s in the Llujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza in Argentina, this is a blend of 40% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% syrah that’s been aged for 12 months in French oak.  I love its black fruit intensity, liquorice and sandalwood notes alongside muscular, elastic tannins and the fact that it has a long, smoky finish.