• Achaval-Ferrer Quimera Red Blend 2013

    Achaval-Ferrer Quimera Red Blend 2013

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    93pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "Achával-Ferrer has produced its best collection of wines in 2013" ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    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!

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:  "Sourced from a diversity of places in the province of Mendoza, the 2013 Quimera is a blend of different red grapes, a mixture that is more or less constant across vintages, 50% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine matures in brand new French oak barrels, but in 2013 the change is about the size of the barrels that was the result of an internal investigation they have been conducting in the winery. In 2011 they started experimenting with different sizes but from the same cooper. They bought larger and smaller barrels and they were surprised that smaller barrels gave more expressive fruit, so they started using 160-liter oak barrels. I had never heard this before, and in fact Santiago Achaval tells me this has not worked with his wines from California, but in Achaval-Ferrer half of the barrels are now 160-liter! The barrels work well up to three uses, and he thinks it's because the juicy wines from Mendoza have a stronger demand for aeration and the wine benefits from a higher ratio of wood-to-wine because of how much oxygen the wine demands.

    The nose has no trace of wood, and it's eminently floral. The palate has electric acidity, acid strawberries, it makes you salivate, makes you long for the next sip. Simply delicious. The best Quimera I've tasted.  Drink date:  2016 - 2023."  Aug 2015

    Achával-Ferrer has produced its best collection of wines in 2013."

    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.

    Medium ruby. Floral aromas with blackberry, blueberry and cassis. Concentrated, well-integrated with flavors of crushed blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate-tobacco. Outstanding cellaring capacity.

    Serving temperature between 16º and 18ºC. We strongly recommend decanting this wine at least an hour before drinking."

    Bottle
    750ml, cork  
    Varietal 50% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
    Alcohol 
    14.6%
    Total Acidity
    3.7g/L
    pH 3.7
    Aging 12 months in French oak barrels
    Region Mendoza, Argentina