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Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2013

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Medium dark ruby in color, this Malbec offers aromas of blackberries, black plums, violets, currants and a hint of leather on the nose. It is silky on the palate, with fresh acidity, refined tannins and a long, expressive and floral finish.

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RP 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Compared with the 2012, the 2013 Malbec Finca Altamira feels so high-pitched and loaded with aromas of distilled violets and lilies intermixed with licorice, raspberries, wild strawberries and some chalky minerality with no oak at all. The palate combines juiciness with the electricity of the sharp acidity, ultra-refined tannins and a minerality that sticks to your teeth. This is incredibly supple, mineral, almost salty and amplified by the acidic fruit character. As with many of the Achával-Ferrer wines, this is the best Altamira I've tasted. Super! Some 10,000 bottles produced of this superb, showy Malbec from chalky soils.
WW 95
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The most complete of the 2013 Achaval Ferrer Single Vineyard Malbecs, the Finca Altamira starts out with tantalizing aromas—red fruits, minerals, earth, flowers—and fills out on the palate with an exuberance and richness that is rarely seen. The wine finishes with superb fruit and earth concentration. A shading of sweet oak rounds out the long finish. Drinks young now. (Tasted: September 7, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Achaval-Ferrer's wines are unique across the board. This one from La Consulta in the Uco Valley shows boysenberry aromas with an herbal cut and a note of leather. The palate is at once juicy and smooth—flavors of desert brush, herbs, blueberry, savory plum and mixed spices finish with energy and subtlety. Drink through 2023.
JS 93
James Suckling
Beautiful aromas of blackberries, licorice and stones. Full body, fine tannins and a tight, focused finish. Tangy and energetic wine. Drink or hold.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
A powerful, savory and expressive red, with firm flavors of dried berry, cedar and mocha, supported by fresh acidity. Beefy notes show on the finish, featuring medium-grained tannins.
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Achával-Ferrer , South America
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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.
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By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.

For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originated in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it continued to flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. A French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. But it did not gain its current reputation as the country's national grape until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century.

Tasting Notes for Malbec

Malbec is a dry, red wine that typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec wine will be intensely ripe, and full of fruit and spice. From its homeland in Cahors, its rusticity shines; dusty notes and a beguiling bouquet of violets balance rich, black fruit.

Perfect Food Parings for Malbec

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secrets for Malbec

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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