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The 2011 Quimera is a blend of all five varietals from Bordeaux aged for 12 months in barrel (1/3 new barrel, the rest second-year barrels) and 2-3 months in tank to settle the lees. In 2011 everything was fermented separately. When they have simultaneous ripeness they co-ferment, but it was not the case here. It feels very Bordeaux, quite ripe, juicy with a mixture of blackberries, red berries and a little smoke. They look for barrels that respect the wine. It still feels a little tannic. We tasted some older vintages and the 2006 still has fruit and freshness. Drink 2015-2019.
(an old-vines blend of 38% malbec, 26% cabernet franc, 23% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 3% petit verdot, reportedly cropped at just 18 hectoliters per hectare): Good medium ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice. Concentrated, juicy and tightly wound, with a slightly high-toned character to the flavors of crushed blackberry, minerals, licorice and bitter chocolate. Almost tart today, this firm, vibrant, very young wine needs time in bottle and may ultimately merit an outstanding rating.89+ Points
A dark, racy red, with layer after layer of ripe blackberry, boysenberry and plum skin notes backed by vibrant acidity.Oaky tannins firm up on the finish, which lingers with a hint of pastis. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Founded in 1998, Achaval-Ferrer is a team of friends who dream about great wines. Achaval-Ferrer is also a collection of old vineyards in beautiful places. They are committed to the production of wines that are expressive of their terroir. They are a small winery because this is the key to top quality. Low yields allow the vineyards to express their personality in the grapes. Low intervention winemaking allows the grapes to fully express their vineyard in the bottle. Each of their wines is a different expresson of Malbec: The Mendoza Malbec is about varietal tipicity. Their Quimera blend is about Malbec as the key to complexity and balance. And their Fincas (Single Vineyards) are about how Malbec expresses different soils and microclimates.