2009 Monteviejo "Calypso" Malbec Uco Valley Mendoza (Previously $19)

SKU #1114959 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (8/ 2013)

90 points 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.  (10/ 2012)

90 points 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.  (2/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (9/ 2011)

K&L Notes

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.

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Varietal:

Malbec

- 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.
Country:

Argentina

- 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.