2009 Fabre Montmayou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Mendoza

SKU #1094019 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep purple; fragrant aromatics, ripe flavors with outstanding intensity, impeccable balance.  (12/2010)

K&L Notes

From 30-year-old Cabernet vines in Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo district, Fabre Montmayou's 100% Cabernet was hand-harvested and hand-sorted to ensure the best quality fruit selection. It was aged for one year in French oak (40% new), and is a rich, dark, velvety style made to be drinkable upon release through the next 5-7 years. From the winery: "Intense red color. Very good concentration on the nose, reminding aromas of dark fruits like blackberries and cassis. Juicy and fruity on the palate, with hints of coffee and leather given by the oak. Full bodied, silky tannins and long finish. Great combined with meats and strong cheeses."

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2012 | Send Email
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This is an immensely rich, full-bodied Cab that has incredible balance and structure, with tons of cassis to blackberry fruit with undertones of anise and white pepper on the nose and in its amazingly complex set of flavors. This Gem is a perfect red to pair with a grilled steak or beef stew, and will be our house red for the next X number of weeks, according to Rusty. 14.5% ABV
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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2012 | Send Email
This is yet another example of the quality of cab being produced these days from mature vineyards in Mendoza (in this case from the Lujan de Cuyo district). Delicious currant fruit is framed by moderate tannins that add some grip and structure to the wine. Something this serious from Napa would likely cost at least $7-10 more.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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