2010 Monteviejo "Altitude 1050" Malbec Argentina

SKU #1088892 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Nuanced, inviting aromas of currant, blackberry, violet, chocolate and leather. In a sweet, fruit-driven style, with bright acidity framing the juicy fruit. Lively and light on its feet in a Beaujolais way (it's only 13.5% alcohol). This easy-drinking midweight finishes with vibrant notes of licorice and mint. Delicious, and an excellent bargain.  (4/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Malbec Altitude 1050, an expressive, straightforward, friendly offering with notions of Asian spices, incense, lavender, and black cherry. This tasty effort is an excellent value meant for drinking over the next 2-3 years.  (12/2011)

K&L Notes

Tons of spicy fruity with blackberry aromas that follow to the palate. Lively, vibrant value. This easy-drinking midweight finishes with vibrant notes of licorice and mint. Delicious, and an excellent bargain.

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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.