2004 Monteviejo "Festivo" Malbec Mendoza

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91 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Monteviejo's entry level wine is Festivo, a 100% Malbec aged for 6 months in new French oak. The 2004 Festivo is dark crimson-colored with a fragrant nose of mineral, spice box, blueberry, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, it is plush on the palate with plenty of ripe, forward fruit, light tannin, and a sense of elegance. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 5 years. It is an outstanding value. Bodega Monteviejo, owned by Catherine Pere-Verge (also the proprietor of Pomerol's Le Gay), is located at the foothills of the Andes, next to Vista Flores, south of Mendoza. The globe-trotting Michel Rolland is in charge of winemaking." (12/07) That's right, the international winemaking superstar Michel Rolland makes this wine, and where you would have to pay tens, even hundreds of dollars to experience his expertise elsewhere, here you can do it for a few bucks more than a couple gallons of "regular" gasoline. With campfire aromas giving way to stratified black tea, eucalyptus and cafe con leche, this is not necessarily the most bombastic Malbec out there, but that is exactly why I like it so much. There is something about the juicy, expressive nature of this wine that I love. Full of black fruits like plum and blueberry, this has sort of a pliable nature that most Malbec-based wines can never claim. Add a bit of earth and spice on the lasting finish and this seems just undeniably drinkable. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2010 | Send Email
This wine has been aged just for you. When most of the other Malbecs that we have are young and 2006, 2007 and even some 2008s this one is a 2004 and drinking beautifully. With a couple extra years in the bottle Michel Roland's extra oak treatment is much more integrated. It's lost a tad bit of its youthfull fruit but makes up for it in balance and deliciousness.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2010 | Send Email
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Malbec was first planted in Mendoza in 1852 from cuttings brought from its home in Bordeaux, and it has over the last decade evolved as Argentina's most important red export grape, often producing smooth, voluptuous, softly spiced wines of vivid color and round plum, blueberry to black-cherry aromas. Its appeal often lies in its generosity of fruit framed by delicate tannins, and the 2004 Festivo flaunts all the suave flavor and charm one would expect from a wine founded by a prestigious Bordeaux house under the spell of magician Michel Rolland. Priceless. And you wonder why it flew through our store and out the door over the holidays? Pair with a savory stew or pot roast, or just drink and enjoy by itself, as this one takes little quibbling to quaff.
Drink from 2010 to 2012

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.