The Peak of Argentine Wine

SCORE!  That is what the wines from Achaval Ferrer do on a regular basis. And they score high. While you will find mention of the remarkable single vineyard wines as you keep reading, there are other amazing stars on the team. Quimera Red Blend, $49.99, 92 Wine Spectator points, Mendoza Malbec $27.99, 92 Wine Spectator points, and Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon, $29.99, 91 Wine Spectator points, are astonishing values considering the very high quality. High quality from high vineyards, that is.
When you’re growing grapes between 2,300 and 3,600 feet above sea level conditions are bound to be a little more difficult than the valleys of California, France, and the other power regions of the world. That hasn’t stopped Argentina from producing some of the best red wines available on the market today. Dramatic temperature change, poor soil compositions, and hail only add to the character of these wine, giving them profound structure and complexity. While many have struggled to even produce enough grapes for wine in these inhospitable conditions, a select few wineries, like Achaval Ferrer, have excelled.
Founded in 1998 by a group of friends from Italy and Argentina, Achaval strives to make great wines that are faithful gifts to their native soil. And they have been quite successful at doing just that. In the December 15, 2013 issue of Wine Spectator, it held the top three positions in Nathan Wesley’s “Recommended Wines from Argentina” list. The wines headlined the 2011 Argentine overall vintage which Wine Spectator scored a 91, its best vintage since 2006 (which also rated a 91).
Achaval Ferrer in Nathan Wesley’s Recommended Wines from Argentina
Malbec Mendoza Finca Altamira 2011: 96
Wesley’s Notes: “Dark and racy, featuring blackberry coulis, black plum skin, and cassis notes balanced with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Embedded layers of espresso, flint, and floral mark the long, expressive finish.”
Malbec Mendoza Finca Mirador 2011: 96
Wesley’s Notes: “This pure, racy red exhibits a dark side, with layers of spice, graphite, and maduro tobacco to the crushed raspberry, blackberry, and concentrated cassis fruit. Needs time in the cellar.”
Malbec Mendoza Finca Bella Vista 2011: 95
Wesley’s Notes: “Vibrant, with a juicy spark behind crushed blackberry, blueberry, and dark raspberry notes. Well-built, with fine tannins and wildflower, graphite, and cured tobacco accents lingering o nthe fruit-filled finish.”
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