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!
James Suckling: "Blackberries with black truffles and violets on the nose. Full-bodied and very tight with firm, silky tannins that give this wine form and energy. Plenty of compressed and focused fruit at the end. Lots of blue fruit. Drink after 2024." Dec 2021
Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "Achaval Ferrer's 2018 Blend Quimera is a blend of 60% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot from the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo. A complex Bordeaux style blend, each variety makes a contribution resulting in a ripe nose with fruit, herbal and balsamic aromas and a terse feel in the mouth with finely grained, rounded tannins, good grip, freshness and juice. The flavors are intense, but the structure veers on overbearing." Nov 2021
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||50% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc|
|Aging||15 months in French oak barrels, 50% new|
|Grapes||50% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc|