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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Bodega Monteviejo Lindaflor Petite Fleur 2009 - Silky Smooth and Serious

Bodega Monteviejo Lindaflor Petite Fleur 2009 - Silky Smooth and Serious
A seriously good blend from Mendoza.

50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah and 10% Merlot from Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina.

SRP of $35 and available for as low as $17.

From the bottle:
"Petit Fleur of Lindaflor, surprising blend where Malbec is the main component. Merlot offers elegance and roundness, Syrah the mineral complexity and Cabernet Sauvignon the tannin complexity that contributes to the balance and structure. Due to its intensity of fruit, body and volume, we recommend to decant before drinking and to serve between 14C-16C.

50% Malbec, 10% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard density: 5500 feet per hectare.
Location: Clos de los Siete, 1100 msm. South of Mendoza, Argentina.
Soil: slimy and franc, increasing the proportion of gravels in subsoil.
Vinification and unbringing: maceration in tanks of 100 hl. For 30 days with manual pigeage.
Ageing in barrels for 12 months, only 30% new casks.
Other vineyards: Le Gay, La Violette and Montviel in Pomerol, Bordeaux, France.

14.5% Alcohol"
Today's wine, while produced in Argentina, comes with a French pedigree. Bodega Monteviejo is owned and operated by Chateau Le Gay in Pomerol, Bordeaux, France. Both wineries share the same winemakers, including the highly respected Michael Rolland.

Pomerol is a very small growing area next to Saint-Emilion and is considered one of the major fine wine regions in Bordeaux. Mendoza is, of course, the Malbec capital of the world and today's wine very effectively and deliciously uses Malbec as the base of an excellent Bordeaux style blend.

The 2009 Bodega Monteviejo Lindaflor Petite Fleur begins with a nicely aromatic bouquet featuring plum, blackberry, licorice and spice. The wine tastes serious, smooth and silky with dark jammy fruit, lots of lovely spice, notes of cedar and tobacco and good structure and acidity. It ends dry with slightly chewy tannins and good length. We found it to be just as good on day 2. Even at close to $20 this wine is a bargain.

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 9              Cost Rating: 4
Overall Rating: 7.8




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