From Bordeaux-born winemaker Hervé Joyaux Fabre and his wife Diane comes our latest Mendoza Malbec bargain: the 2011 Viñalba Reserva. Their first winery, Fabre Mont Mayou, dates from 1992, with old vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and newer plantings in Uco Valley having been acquired based on their early success. Impressed by the Malbec grapes he tasted, Hervé soon decided to make 100% Malbecs from this expanded array of terroirs. For this entry, fruit was sourced from vines perched 950 meters above sea level where cooler climate accounts for slower ripening. The result is a lush, full-bodied wine that displays rich plum and blackberry flavor. With 60% aged in French barrels for twelve months, toasty oak complements the finish without overpowering the fruit. Launched in 2008, it’s easy to see why the Viñalba label has won many international awards. Delicious now, the 2011 Reserva will age for another five years effortlessly. This succulent red would pair well with barbecued beef, pork or any heavily seasoned meat.