Monday, May 7, 2012

2010 Fabre Montmayou Malbec

I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say the 2010 Fabre Montmayou Malbec Reserva, Mendoza is the most intense Malbec I've ever had. Impenetrable color. Zinfandel-like extraction featuring aromas of blueberry, blackberry, licorice, coffee grounds and black pepper. Terrific fruit concentration follows through on the palate and ups the ante with a hint of green tobacco. Seamless integration of fruit, tannin and acidity. Long tobacco-like finish. I chalk up the fruit intensity to the fact that approximately 40% of this wine is aged in French oak while the remainder is tank-raised. About $15

A flat-out beautiful pairing with red peppers stuffed with ground venison, leftover rice and spices.


  1. Bill, I wish I could find this one!
    Fabre Montmayou should hire you.
    Where's the picture of the trophy deer?

  2. Unfortunately, I shot the deer when my wife was at work so no one was around to take a picture of me next to it. But I do have one ignominious photograph of it in the back of my pick-up truck. She was a big, beautiful doe and I'd like to think we're honoring her by eating as much of her as we can.

    It saddens me to think that some people actually shoot these magnificent creatures just for antlers or just cut the loin (backstrap) out and leave the rest of the carcass.

    1. Reminds me of why our gov. allowed all those Buffalo to be stripped of their hides.
      Politics aside, I think you and Jake Sully would be good friends.;-)

    2. Dennis, I just went to wiki to try and figure out the Jake Sully reference. I got a headache just trying to wade through the plot to that film. Holy cow.

    3. I'm sorry! You a diligent guy though; I thought that Jake's learning to respect life had become iconic. There I go again, making presumptions.

    4. No problem! I just didn't see the film. And the wiki entry didn't help me at all.

      Maybe if it makes it to Showtime some day..... :)

  3. Bill, it just dawned on me that you're the only person I know who hadn't seen this movie, and that's most likely a "good" thing. The idea is human beings are bad, especially unthinking soldiers and businessmen (Unthinking anyone should be in that category), but Jake's "insanity" is cured and he finds love and connectedness on an alien planet with "noble savages".
    As a fun adventure movie: unsurpassed and equaled in that category by the movie 'Ratatouille".
    I think wine is mentioned there. Just keeping it on topic! ;-