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Date Printed: 11/27/2014
Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2007
Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2007
(search item no. 97427)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

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.

Fermentation and Aging: Primary fermentation was performed in small tanks. The wines were then pressed and blended Quimera underwent malalactic fermentation in French oak barrels, 40% new and 60% one year old. It was aged in barrel for 12 months.

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About Achával-Ferrer :

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. Low intervention winemaking allows the grapes to fully express their vineyard in the bottle. Each of their wines is a different expresson of Malbec: The Mendoza Malbec is about varietal tipicity. Their Quimera blend is about Malbec as the key to complexity and balance. And their Fincas (Single Vineyards) are about how Malbec expresses different soils and microclimates.