Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2016
We think this Achaval-Ferrer Malbec blend is a knock-out, juicy, fruity, delicious red from Argentina. And let's be honest: you can't beat the price with a stick! The medium body of this Achaval-Ferrer Malbec blend works beautifully with many meat dishes. Beef, lamb and steak are the top choices. Grill the steak, and pick your favorite cooking method for the others. Braising or stewing a beef or lamb entree is a great option. The subtle spice and smoke notes in this magnificent Malbec blend will really shine with barbecued lamb served with a tomato-mint chutney on the side. Sausage, by itself , or on a pizza is another delicious choice for this versatile wine. If you're channeling your inner South American, make it alambre de ribeye - skewers of ribeye, chorizo, bacon, and red bell peppers served with a tomato-chile morita sauce. On the lighter, meat-free side, putting a glass of this Malbec blend next to a mushroom pizza will not disappoint either. It's spaghetti and giant meatballs for dinner around here...Suculento!
Tim Atkin: "“What’s wrong with a cooler year?” asks Gustavo Rearte of the 2016 vintage, rhetorically. What indeed if it produces something as successful as this cuvée of Malbec with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Elegant, polished and refined, it’s a seamless blend with notes of graphite, cassis and vanilla spice and a balsamic top note. Drink 2022-31."
James Suckling: "This offers a bold array of richly ripe dark plums and blackberries with assertive, spicy oak influence across bright red berries and a sweeping build of tannins that hold deeply embedded and concentrated dark-plum flavors. Drink or hold." Feb 2019
Winery: "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. Quimera is heuristic; it is personal discovery and the search of perfection.
Serving temperature between 16º and 18ºC. We strongly recommend decanting this wine at least an hour before drinking."
|Varietal||45% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot|
|Aging||12 months in French oak barrels|