Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2018
Quimera is architecture and design; it is a unique warm-blend that was conceived at the vineyard. Every year Santiago and Roberto look for the meaning within the earth in the search for the impossible wine, making it unique year after year.
Thus resulting in a wine with deep shades, aromas that range from stony and earthy, of dark fruits to delicate accents of rosemary, open-mouthed, almost feminine and deliciously sour.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
The 2018 Quimera Memento is a field blend of approximately 50% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo. Planted in 1920, at the time, the mixture of vines was known simply as “French grapes” in Argentina. It was aged for 13 months in used barrels. A dark garnet red. The mild but subtle aromas feature plum, blackcurrant and ash with hints of blackberry and a little spice. A little grippy with the insistent flow of the Cabernets. The 2018 is compact but complex, velvety and long-lasting. A nuanced wine. Best After 2024
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.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.