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Fabre Montmayou Gran Reservado Malbec

When I lived in the US I never really understood the point of Duty Free shops; I never saw deals that were any better than the US retail prices. Then I moved to Turkey and I got it. Now I make liberal use of duty free whenever I’m abroad including picking up a bottle of the gorgeous 2012 Fabre Montmayou Gran Reservado Malbec.

While it wouldn’t have been my first instinct to pair it this way; it turns out that the Fabre Montmayou Gran Reservado Malbec goes beautifully with roasted tomato soup. This was a case of pairing based more on what I wanted to eat and drink vs what made pairing sense. And yet it worked amazing well.

Fabre Montmayou Gran Reservado Malbec

Fabre Montmayou Gran Reservado Malbec Tasting Notes:

I’ve had one or two pretty decent Turkish Malbecs recently but the Fabre Montmayou Gran Reservado Malbec…this is what Malbec is supposed to taste like. The nose is deep and dark dark, mostly black pepper, tobacco, and cocoa. After it opened we caught also some of the big, black fruits for which Malbec is so famous.

So, so beautiful, the tannins envelope you like a velveteen hug and lead to a finish that is long and smooth. It tastes like jam made with black plums and black cherries that has been liberally spiced with black pepper.

This is a Malbec that takes some time to get know and it’s worth every moment of the journey!

El Porvenir de Cafayate Amauta Corte Inspiracion

E brought this bottle of Amauta Corte Inspiracion by Bodega El Porvenir de Cafayate back from a trip to Argentina. She them promptly left on another trip to somewhere (who remembers-75% of her time is spent traveling) so one night M and I broke it out and drank it without her.

Oh she was so angry when we couldn’t stop talking about how this was probably the best wine we’d had all year.

Located in Valle de Cafayate-Salta, in northern Argentina, El Porvenir de Cafayate is a family-run vineyard focused on keeping the land and culture of Cafayate intact. They have a lot to protect in Cafayate. It’s a valley with a desert climate, poor soil, and a micro climate with day-night temperature variations. Together that allows grapes to reach peak ripeness. And at El Porvenir de Cafayate they do so organically.

The Amauta Corte Inspiracion is 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah all grown at 5,577 feet above sea level on 15 year old vines. After fermentation the wine is aged for six to eight months in French and American oak barrels. It can be aged up to eight years-if you have that kind of patience.

Amauta

Amauta Corte Inspiracion Tasting Notes:

At 14.6% abv this is a big wine. Dense, opaque ruby with purple highlights in the glass, the nose is oh so swoon-worthy. I got a lot of dense, black fruits like black raspberry and blueberry with tobacco, cocoa, baking spices, and some really nice vanilla. Like really rich vanilla, not that awful fake smell that seems to dominate so many perfumes.

The palate…shoot. It’s like they made wines out of Gregory Peck and Humphry Bogart then blended them together. The acid was a little high for me but I suspect some more bottle time would take care of that. The tannins though are lovely, round, and silky carrying into a long finish. The flavor is very fruit-forward, slightly cooked fruit/jam-like with sweet tobacco and chocolate.