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Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2011
Bordeaux Red Blends from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Expressive flavors of black cherry, raspberry, violets, and cedar, Quimera is complex, layered and rich.
Wine Spectator - "This dark, compact red leads with a floral note to the racy cassis and cherry puree fruit, well-integrated with fine tannins and bright acidity. Offers a long finish of fruit, mineral and tobacco. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. "
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Who says Malbec cannot be both elegant and outstanding? Well, they are wrong! The superb 2011 Achával-Ferrer Quimera is simply a food lovers' wine. When I drank a full glass (nearly 8 ounces of this wine with famed Chef Chris Cosentino's Zampini (spicy sausage) & Clams with Roasted Corn and Tomato I was absolutely transformed in time. Just tasting the wine was really grand, but when joined with this dish, it became pure magic! Deep ruby color, vivid and pure red currant aromas, persistent and fine; medium bodied, racy and focused on the palate; long, red fruit finish. (Tasted: August 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA)"
James Suckling - "Aromas of currant, strawberry, and violets. Full body, with firm tannins and a savory finish. Very delicious now. Why wait? A blend of malbec, merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. "
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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. 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. View all Achával-Ferrer Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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