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.