2009 Monteviejo "Festivo" Malbec Mendoza (Previously $12)

SKU #1060096

According to the Wine Spectator: "Light, showing cherry and plum hints, followed by a dash of blueberry on the open-knit finish. Drink now." (07/10)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2010 | Send Email
This wine is produced from 100% Malbec sourced from various top sites in the Mendoza region. One of the world’s most in-demand wine consultants, Michel Rolland, who lists many top-notch Bordeaux, Napa and Italian names on his client roster, has a hand in the making of this wine. This 2009 has primary aromas of blackberry and black plum, with similar, intense fruit flavors on the palate, perhaps with a suggestion of red fruits intermingling. Polished, moderate tannins add structure and make this an ideal partner for many different dishes. Rotisserie chicken, a quickly grilled marinated tri-tip steak, pan-seared tuna and heartier vegetarian dishes all make terrific pairings. It also works beautifully as a casual sipper without food.

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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.