2009 Monteviejo "Calypso" Malbec Uco Valley Mendoza (Previously $19)
This Malbec is consistent with the type of wines Monteviejo makes. It's ripe and leathery on the bouquet, with aromas of molasses, licorice, cheese and jammy blackberry. The palate is full bodied and chewy feeling, with blackberry, baked plum, hard spice and chocolate flavors. A warm, roasted finish suggests chocolate cake and cured meats. Drink now through 2016.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Calypso is pure Malbec with 50% of the juice raised in new French oak. It has a pleasant bouquet of blackberry and briary with a touch of decayed rose petals. It has fine definition but will actually benefit from another few months to allow the aromas to unfurl. The palate is smooth and silky on the entry. It has a gentle grip, fine tannins and a lovely, pure, sumptuous finish that perfectly absorbed the new oak. It has the substance to age for four to five years after bottling.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Sexy, inviting aromas of cassis, black raspberry, licorice pastille and bitter chocolate. Dense, lush and supple but not at all overdone. This classic malbec offers juicy dark fruit flavors enlivened by peppery, spicy energy and framed by integrated acidity. Broad but not heavy. Finishes seriously long and spicy, with fine, mouthcoating tannins.
Dark and concentrated, with rich layers of linzer torte, kirsch and crushed blackberry coulis all framed by grippy tannins that turn a touch dry on the smoky finish. Drink now.
Bodega Monteviejo shares ownership with owned Château Le Gay and Château La Violette of Pomerol, Bordeaux, as well as the winemaking team of Marcelo Pelleriti and every-flying consultant Michel Roland are doing the same "haute couture" work both in Pomerol and Mendoza. Monteviejo is located in Vista Flores, an irrigated agricultural oasis in the foothills above Mendoza, beneath the Andes mountains.