Vistalba, Argentina

The winery was built in Vistalba – Lujan de Cuyo, 18 Km North of Mendoza city at 3800 feet elevation (1,150 meters of altitude), and is surrounded by the first 37 acres of Malbec vineyards that the company bought. For the Fabre Montmayou line of wines, the owners decided to buy exclusively old-vine vineyards in the best wine growing areas of Mendoza. Grapes arrive at the winery in 40 lbs. trays and the clusters are carefully hand sorted prior to the destemming. There is a second hand sorting table for individual berries as they come out of the destemmer to ensure that only the very highest quality grapes go into our wines. Fermentation is carried out by native yeasts at a controlled temperature with four pump-overs per day. Extended maceration (skin contact) allows for greater extraction of tannins, which will add structure to the finished wine before barrel aging begins. With constant care and personal style – essential elements for great quality – Fabre Montmayou combines modern winemaking, Mendoza’s terroir and the Bordeaux “savoir faire” to produce wines of unique personality. Shelftalkers  Winery Website   
sw-fabre-malbecMalbec Reserva, Vistalba
Deep red color with violet tones. Very intense bouquet with notes of sappy cherry, currant, and baking spice. More red fruits fill the palate and the wine finishes with impeccable balance and silky tannins.

2012 - 90 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2012 - 91 Points, Descorchados (Patricio Tapia)
2012 - 88 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 - 89 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
sw-fabre-cabCabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Lujan de Cuyo
Intense red color. Very good concentration on the nose,with aromas of blackberry 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.

2012 - 89 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2012 - 88+ Points, Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2011 - 89 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 - 89 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
sw-fabre-barrel-cabCabernet Sauvignon Barrel Selection, Patagonia
Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut fudge, cassis tart,incense and spice with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a vibrantly fruity and spicy nicely balanced finish.

2011 - 91 Points, "Exceptional," Best Buy, Beverage Tasting Institute
2011 - 88 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 - 89 Points, Stephen Tanzer
2010 - "Wine Pick of the Week, Highly Recommended," The Seattle Times
sw-fabre-mal-grresMalbec Gran Reserva
This Malbec has a very intense and beautiful bouquet with plenty of wild blackberries, licorice, and spices. On the palate, the wine shows a remarkable balance with very elegant, delicate and silky tannins. Best served with all kinds of barbecued meats and cheeses.

2011 - 92 Points, Wine & Spirits
2011 - 91 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 - 93 Points, Descorchados (Patricia Tapio)
2011 - 89+ Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
sw-fabre-grandvinGran Vin, Vistalba
A glass-coating opaque purple color, it has an alluring bouquet of smoke, toasty oak, incense, black cherry, and plum. Supple-textured, ripe, and concentrated, it has layers of sweet black fruit, ripe tannin, and excellent balance.

2011 - 94 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 - 95 Points, James Suckling
2011 - 96 Points, Descorchados
2010 - 95 Points, James Suckling
2010 - 93 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2010 - 92 Points, Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2009 - 92 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2009 - 92 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar