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Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, South America
A very elegant and full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with hints of vanilla and ripe red fruits. Vest served with game, rich dishes, and cheeses like Camembert.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is from 30-year-old vines in Perdriel that was aged in 60% French oak over 12 months. It has a lovely tobacco and hot gravel-scented bouquet with blackberries and bilberry fruit. The palate is very “classic” in style, with silky smooth tannins, crisp blackberries laced with pain grille and a dash of white pepper. The oak is well-integrated on the finish, which lingers long in the mouth. Perhaps it is a little rustic compared to its peers, but this is full of personality."
International Wine Cellar - "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is from 30-year-old vines in Perdriel that was aged in 60% French oak over 12 months. It has a lovely tobacco and hot gravel-scented bouquet with blackberries and bilberry fruit. The palate is very “classic” in style, with silky smooth tannins, crisp blackberries laced with pain grille and a dash of white pepper. The oak is well-integrated on the finish, which lingers long in the mouth. Perhaps it is a little rustic compared to its peers, but this is full of personality."
Fabre Montmayou Winery
Hervé Joyaux Fabre, owner and director of Fabre Montmayou, was born in Bordeaux, France to a family of wine negociants. When he arrived in Argentina in the early 90’s looking for opportunities to invest in vineyards and start a winery, he was impressed by the potential for Malbec in Mendoza, and shocked by the number of neglected top notch old vine vineyards available for purchase. At this time pulling out old vines and replanting with new higher yielding more predictable clones was all the rage. Hervé Fabre knew he needed to act immediately. Within months he purchased the first of what would be many old vine, high elevation vineyard sites under his control - An impeccable 37 acre spread in Vistalba planted with original rootstock Malbec vines in 1908. Shortly after, Herve built a Chateau style winery on the property and continued purchasing old vine parcels throughout the country. A Patagonian winery was constructed in the Rio Negro region ten years later. At present the family owns 217 acres of vineyard land in Mendoza (Vistalba, Compuertas, Tupungato) and 122 acres in Patagonia (Allen, General Roca). All wines are estate grown, farmed using traditional methods without the use of herbicides, and fermented with native yeasts. View all Fabre Montmayou Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.