You know me. It isn't a week in the ugawino household without a grilled flank steak with chimichurri and a bottle of Malbec. So I braved the brutal heat, oppressive humidity and bellowing winds (only in Kansas will you find this odd mix of crazy, hot wind and godawful humidity) to fire up the grill and deliver the perfect medium-rare flank steak. Sides were smashed potatoes with cream and parsley and green beans (from the garden) sauteed with slivered almonds and shallots (also from the garden).
Tonight's bottled offered up to the gods of the recycling bin was the 2010 Prestige Vineyards Massimo Malbec, Mendoza. Pretty ruby-red color. Inviting nose of raspberry, cherry and sweet herb. If I didn't know better, I might've guessed this was a Cotes-du-Rhone. Nice balance of fruit and spice on the palate with some green tobacco. Good tannins. Finishes a bit green. But you could do a lot worse for $10. Prestige Vineyards is an international negociant owned by DFV Wines.