The color is inky black with purple edges. Mocha shows on the nose, along with blueberry and vanilla. On the palate mocha, blueberries, and licorice start the attack. Fruit turns a bit more black on the mid-palate, moving from blueberry to blackberry, adding tobacco leaf and vanilla. Cocoa lingers on the finish. The label says alcohol is 15.5%. Heat on the nose and the eyes says it is closer to 17%. Tannins are big and dusty. Acids are surprisingly in balance. This is a big chewy mouthful of tannins, mocha, and berries, just begging for a black and blue cowboy ribeye. Highly Recommended (92). DH

Who: Bodegas Monteviejo
What: Malbec
Designation: Lindaflor
Where: Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco
When: 2004
How Much: $60



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