For this Halloween, Sue and I decided to hibernate and watch scary movies while the neighbors braved the cold winds and the marauding masses of masked munchkins! To eswage our guilt we opened the last bottle of Malbec in our cellar!
After doing a little research, I found that Michael Schachner at Wine Enthusiast Magazine reviewed this wine in November 2004 and gave it a 91 point rating. I also discovered that one of the importers, Cienega Imports, is also run by the owners of DeRose Vineyards, the maker of one of my favorite Zinfandels!
The Monte Cinco Vineyard was founded by the Italian winemaker Don Pedro Bertona in the later 1890′s. The Bertona family settled in Luján de Cuyo, near Mendoza, Argentina and has been making fine wines there ever since.
Monte Cinco’s vineyards are located high in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The stony soils and continental climate (hot days and cool nights) work together to help produce exceptional fruit with just the right balance of ripeness and acidity. The winemakers ferment the juice in stainless steel to help retain the fruit character of the grapes. They then age the wine in French and American oak to add a level of complexity.
Sue and I found this to be a very good Malbec. The dark reddish-purple color followed with aromas of violets and blueberries. The slightly sweet flavors mirrored the aromas and carried through with a spicy, cocoa finish. I don’t normally subscribe to the “official” rating schemes for wines, but I have to agree with the Wine Enthusiast on this one!
- 100% Malbec
- Mendoza, Argentina
- Get it from DeRose Vineyards (while it lasts! Only 500 cases produced)