In the glass, the wine is nearly black at the center, and dark ruby right to the edge. Ripe blackberries and violets unfold in the nose, along with fennel, leather, dark chocolate, and espresso. The first impression on the palate is of opulent sweet black fruit, with an almost creamy texture, along with deep minerality that keeps the wine refreshing. There is also considerable grip, in the form of smooth, velvety tannins.
About this wine producer: Hervé Fabre (like Bruno Lafon of Domaine Magellan in the Languedoc and Marjorie & Stéphane Gallet of Domaine le Roc des Anges in the Roussillon) brought fresh eyes and a respect for the value of old vines and high-quality farming to a new home, when in the late 1980s, he moved from Bordeaux to Mendoza, Argentina. At the time, nearly all the investors in Mendoza’s wine renaissance were purchasing undeveloped land and the planting new, easily farmed and irrigated vineyards, from which oceans of ordinary wine could be made. Fabre, on the other hand, set his sights on existing old vineyards, some planted in 1908 (!) in the foothills of the Andes, near the source of the Rio Mendoza. And it was a consequential decision: their deep roots and low yields give wines that regularly garner him the highest accolades, including two IWSC trophies for “Argentine Wine Producer of the Year”.