Thursday, August 27, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Argentina Red - 2012 Fabre Montmayou Malbec Phebus Gran Reserva

The term "Gran Reserva" on a wine bottle makes me think of the oldest and the best that a winery has to offer.  Even though the definition of the term varies between Spain (means 5 years of aging for a red wine) and Argentina (means 2 years of aging), the general concept of the longest aged wine, typically with the best grapes that will benefit from extended aging - is the same.  Today I'll be tasting an Argentinian Gran Reserva Malbec from Phebus winery in Mendoza.

Wine: 2012 Fabre Montmayou Malbec Phebus Gran Reserva
Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Grape Varieties: Malbec

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $20
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Dark purple with a reddish rim.
Aroma: Blackberry, licorice, a hint of a floral note.
Taste: Lots of fruit, nicely balanced.  A nice, if not super long finish.

The Grade: I give this one a B+.  Fancy titles like Gran Reserva aside, this is a very nice wine for $20.  A nicely charred steak and this wine would be a wonderful pairing.  A slightly more impressive finish and this wine would be an easy A - but don't let that stop you from trying this one. Cheers!

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