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Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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Winemaker Notes

Expressive flavors of black cherry, raspberry, violets, and cedar, Quimera is complex, layered and rich.

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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.

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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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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)

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Achával-Ferrer

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Achával-Ferrer , , South America
Achaval-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.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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