In the glass, the wine is as black as obsidian at the center, with a glass-staining dark carmine purple color right to the edge. Aromas of ripe blackberries, dried black cherries, and black freestone plums move in and out of the foreground, alternating with an amalgam of cocoa liqueur, portabella mushrooms, and black licorice as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the first impression is of freshness and polish, with luscious, mineral-saturated flavors of crushed black fruit preserves and crème de cassis, seasoned with sweet herbs (a fleeting suggestion of lavender and thyme), all discreetly framed in ripe, sweet silky tannins. This is a spectacular, elegant wine.
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”.