Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2017
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: "Complex and beautiful with violets, citrus fruit and blueberries and licorice undertones. Full-bodied, extremely polished and refined palate. The finish is long and very persistent with focus and beauty. Drink or hold." Dec 2020
Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "A blend of grapes – 50% Malbec, 22% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc – from several different terroirs in Mendoza, Quimera spent 15 months French oak barrels, 50% of them new. Deep purple with a bright sheen, this is a complex red lent structure by the oak, featuring flavors of sage and black and red fruit. Appropriately slack, it is intense and juicy, with finely honed tannins and a refreshing feel in the mouth. An unusual but enjoyable Mediterranean-style wine. Drinking window: 2020-2025." Oct 2020
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|