Bodega Monteviejo Festivo Malbec 2013
The critically acclaimed Monteviejo winery lies in Vista Flores, Tunuyán, in the heart of the Uco Valley. The magnificent winery, on its 321-acre property, is nestled along the foot of the Andes Mountains, which provides a scenic backdrop worthy of the quality and pedigree of the wines Monteviejo produces. The estate’s owners, the Péré Vergé family, and winemaker Marcelo Pelleriti, are devoted to making exceptional wines of power, elegance, and typicity that consistently garner top reviews and wine enthusiasts around the world. The winery is currently adapting their vineyard and winery practices to be 100% organic.
From the beginning, Monteviejo has operated the winery around gentle handling of the grapes. Harvest is manual. In the vineyards, low-production, high-quality French clones were chosen.
Winemaker, enologist and general manager, Marcelo Pelleriti, is renowned in the industry and has worked in both France and Argentina under the guide of his mentor, Michel Rolland. For more than 15 years, Marcelo has directed the harvests in Bordeaux for Château La Violette, Château Le Gay and Château Montviel, living in France between September and November every year since 2001. His expertise in these two distinct terroirs has helped him garner international renown for these exceptional wines. Marcelo consistently receives high ratings for his wines, often earning 95 points and above in both France and Argentina.
With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation and well-draining alluvial soils, it is no surprise that Mendoza’s Uco Valley is one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in Argentina. Healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, which in turn create flavorful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity.
Celebrated for its bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec has enjoyed runaway success in Argentina since the late 20th century. The grape originated in Bordeaux, France, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. A French agronomist, who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. Somm Secret—If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet with its combination of dense fruit and soft tannins.