Argentina may be most famous for Malbec, but the 2019 Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Franc is turning heads and changing that story.
I cracked open a bottle of this beauty last night. It is a stylish, lush Cabernet Franc that resembles a Bordeaux. It is single-handedly going to draw me in to other Cabernet Francs from the region because this one is dynamite.
Eric Azimov of the New York Times recently singled it out as a tremendous value in the 20 under $20 category.
"Ripe nose with fresh red fruits and lively notes of green vegetables and capsicum. Quite solid palate with pleasant fruit and juiciness, peppery and spicy." Decanter
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I was taken in by this wine's lush, juicy, and very smooth mouthfeel. It was not extracted. But, it did have ripe blackberry and black cherry, minerals, cocoa, hints of cracked pepper, and very fine, dusty tannins.
This "20 Under $20" has real substance.
Cabernet Franc is often used in Bordeaux as a blending or standalone grape. In the Loire Valley, it is the red grape in Chinon. I would note, Cabernet Franc is often characterized by green pepper notes, which I did not taste or smell here; however, lovely herb and spice notes do emerge after 10 minutes in the glass.
This a gorgeous food pairing wine. Think grilled burgers, quesadillas, turkey chili, homemade nachos, a wedge of manchego, and salads with an aged balsamic.
Stock up! Fabre Montmayou will be a huge hit for this year's Super Bowl and all the flavors you tend to enjoy on that day and throughout the winter.