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2011 Dulce Tinto Sweet Red

"Have you ever been so mystified by a wine that it's compelled you to purchase a bottle? That's what happened when I stumbled upon this sweet red at my local Whole Foods. No amount of label deciphering allayed my curiosity, so I buckled and bought a bottle for a very reasonable $11.

I studied up and learned that this blend, which originates from Argentina's Mendoza region, is a combination of Sangiovese and Bonarda grapes. At first taste, the wine was every bit as intriguing inside the bottle as it was from the outside. It had a cherry-berry nose and noticeable structure that was followed by a lingering sweetness." — Susannah Chen, editor

Photo: Camilla Salem