Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina, South America

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Item No. 105140
  • red wine
  • RP92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The winemaking team worked in the vineyards in search of different aspects for each variety. These were thought of as parts of a complex wine, in such a way that the total is more than the sum of the parts. The location of the vineyards, the age of the plants, the viticultural program and the irrigation schedules, all worked towards the same goal. Once in the winery, each variety underwent primary fermentation in a small tank. The early blending is a risky practice, but helps towards a seamless integration of the varieties, a wine with only "one soul". The result is a wine that is not just the sum of three varietals, but another milestone in the search of an ideal. That is the explanation of the Quimera name: an impossible goal, but one worth working for.

A blend of old vine Malbec from Medrano and from Luján de Cuyo; Merlot from Tupungato; old vine Cabernet Sauvignon from Medrano and from Tupungato; and Cabernet Franc from Tupungato.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Quimera is a blend of 40% Malbec, 22% Merlot (from Tupungato), 14% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. It is closed on the nose compared to the 2006 and reluctantly gives up attractive aromas of blackberry, graphite and briary. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe, ripe tannins. There are notes of raspberry and cranberry with fine minerality towards the finish. Overall, this Quimera is fine and very elegant."
92 Points

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Founded in 1998, Achaval-Ferrer is a team of friends who dream about great wines. Achaval-Ferrer is also a collection of old vineyards in beautiful places. They are committed to the production of wines that are expressive of their terroir. They are a small winery because this is the key to top quality. Low yields allow the vineyards to express their personality in the grapes. ...

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Learn About Argentina

(ahr-jen-TEE-nah) Now fifth in the world for wine production, Argentina is catching up in the quality wine sector. A long time wine producer, Argentina used to make wine in order to drink it, not export it. And so the wines produced were quaffable and rustic and made for the local's everyday dinner. Yet it's hard not to get caught up in the wine market of the world and some...

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