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2009 Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin Mendoza

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013

Bright, saturated ruby-red.  Dark berries and licorice on the nose, plus high-pitched notes of violet and juniper and exotic mocha oak tones.  Silky and glyceral on entry, then utterly seamless in the middle palate, with harmonious acidity giving shape and grip to the dark berry and spice flavors.  At once thick and alive, thanks to its felicitous balance of fruit sweetness and acidity.  Finishes suave, savory and long, with building fine-grained tannins that coat the tongue and cheeks.  Not a particularly modern style but varietally expressive and impressively concentrated.

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Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.


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